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Scotland to phase out non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2032

Scotland to phase out non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2032

Her announcements came as the Scottish regional government announced its 2017-18 programme, which said that the North Sea is potentially the largest carbon storage resource anywhere in Europe.

She also said a new climate change bill would be introduced in the coming year that would set "even more ambitious targets" aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, said: "If the Scottish government is to earn back the trust and respect of people in Scotland, which it has squandered in the previous year, then it must change - and change fast".

There was an Education Bill, which would see the most "radical change to how our schools are run that we have seen in the lifetime of devolution", and would include transforming "the way teachers are recruited and educated throughout their careers" and giving headteachers "significant new powers".

"I can therefore announce today that we will begin work to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank".

Presumably that situation might change if this long-talked about second independence referendum goes through.

Sturgeon said: "This programme for government is our plan to shape the kind of Scotland we all seek - an inclusive, fair, prosperous, innovative country, ready and willing to embrace the future".

And she said that now the Scottish Parliament had power over income-tax rates and bands, the time was right for a discussion on how these could be used in a "responsible and progressive" way.

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The Scottish Government has announced that it plans to phase out non-electrified petrol and diesel cars by 2032; eight years ahead of the UK Government's outright ban.

The UK-wide 1% pay cap has been in place since 2013, following a two-year freeze on rises, but reports have claimed UK Prime Minister Theresa May will also scrap it.

Head of policy, Susan McPhee, said: "There are still too many children in poverty and too many people who find themselves without a home, and additional funding is essential to tackle these twin issues".

Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie said: 'The phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 is a good aim but we need a clear commitment to end their use'.

Scotland has been slow to phase in electric vehicles.

This will be supported by expanding Scotland's electric charging infrastructure between now and 2022 in rural, urban and domestic settings to give easy access to smart and rapid charge points.

Friends of the Earth Scotland director Richard Dixon welcomed the plans as "the greenest programme for government in the history of the Scottish Parliament".


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