HC Deb 19 December 1991 vol 201 c240W
Mr. Fry

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what encouragement he is giving to bus companies to purchase environmentally friendly new vehicles to help ease current congestion and pollution.

Mr. Freeman

We are taking a number of steps to ease congestion and pollution by encouraging both greater use of the bus and more environmentally friendly buses. I announced a package of measures on 16 December, including the provision of at least £10 million over the next two years to fund demonstration projects to promote bus use; publication of the Department's "Keeping Buses Moving"—a guide for local authorities on the provision of bus priority measures; much tighter controls of the amount of pollutants which can be emitted from new heavy diesel vehicles from 1993 onwards; and the introduction in 1992 of an instrumented smoke emissions test for in-service vehicles, together with tough roadside enforcement.