Another 165 buses will be upgraded to a lower emission output after £3million is funding was awarded to First Bus.

In Glasgow, more than 40% of First buses have already been improved to cleanest diesel engines currently available, meeting the Euro VI standard. 

The grant by Transport Scotland will see that figure reach 40%, significantly improving the standard of Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) and fine particulate matter (PM2) across Glasgow. 

It comes as part of Scotland’s Scottish Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) scheme.

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Andrew Jarvis, managing director for First Bus in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding. Cleaner air is vitally important to all of us in society and we are determined to play our part in the communities that we serve.

“This is another step on our journey to operating a fully zero emission fleet by 2035 and we are already leading the way with the first commercially operated electric buses in Glasgow as well as the soon-to-launch world’s first double decker hydrogen buses in Aberdeen.

“We have been key partners with Local Authorities on the introduction of fair Low Emission Zones across Scotland. We have led the way with bus operators in Glasgow as a key partner with Glasgow City Council for the country’s first ever LEZ rollout.”

The grant will play a major role in forwarding First Bus' compliance with Glasgow's Low Emission Zone plans.