Many thanks to those of you who have written to me regarding the critical situation faced by taxi owners and drivers. Throughout the pandemic taxi drivers have struggled and have not received the support they need – getting only £220 a month to make up for lost trade.
Scottish Labour is committed to ensuring we meet our climate targets by 2030 and 2045. However, this cannot be done at the expense of workers. That is why time and time again we have called for a jobs-first transition to net zero emissions, that puts green, unionised jobs at its core.
For Low-Emissions Zones to work, it is vital that the benefits are weighed against the potential harms, and that implementing them does not hinder workers from doing their jobs where no alternative, such as an adequate number of Low Emissions vehicles, is available. Any change to vehicle type must also be incentivised properly by the Government. Scottish Labour also agree that the Scottish Government must work with the industry properly, giving them a seat at the table.
Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson, Neil Bibby MSP, has written to Kate Forbes and Michael Mathieson to raise these concerns.
Once again, thank you for raising this important issue with me.