The Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) programme aims to fit buses/coaches with Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) accredited retrofit technology measures to support the delivery of Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs) by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). BEAR funds retrofit technology measures accredited by CVRAS to improve emissions to Euro VI standard or better.
In 2017/18 the Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) Phase 1 scheme awarded funding for 42 buses to be converted to Euro VI standard to help reduce pollution levels in Air Quality Management Areas.
Additional funding of £7.89 million was allocated to the delivery of BEAR Phase 2 for Scottish bus and coach retrofitting in 2018/19. A total of eight successful applicants have been awarded funding to retrofit 124 vehicles with CVRAS accredited technology. Recipients are:
|Operator||Retrofitter||Total Grant awarded||Vehicles|
|Craig of Campbeltown Ltd/Westcoast Motors||Baumot||£138,616.00||10|
|Festival Travel (Scotland) Ltd||HJS/Eminox||£92,668.00||3|
|Lothian Buses Limited||HJS||£156,140.00||25|
|Lothian Buses Limited||HJS||£171,464.00||11|
|Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT)||HJS||£20,716.00||1|
|Western Buses Ltd/Stagecoach||Baumot||£168,910.00||7|
|Xplore Dundee/Tayside Public Transport Company Ltd||HJS||£143,348.00||10|
BEAR funding is available to licensed bus and coach operators, local authorities and community transport operators located in, or operating eligible vehicles based on routes within one of Scotland’s cities identified in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017 LEZ commitment (i.e. Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and/or one of Scotland’s Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). Energy Saving Trust administer BEAR based on set eligibility criteria for grant funding agreed with Transport Scotland.
The eligible technologies which can be funded for retrofitting are:
Successful applicants can access grant funding from Transport Scotland towards both primary and ancillary costs up to a maximum of £3,500,000 per bidder.
Eligible vehicles must meet the following criteria:
Operators need to: