Air quality improvements ahead

A total of 25% of bus journeys per operator in Aberdeen will have to comply with lower exhaust emissions in the city centre by the end of the year

The move was approved by Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee to improve air quality.

Council officers are also working with partners to bring forward options for a low emission zone (LEZ) to further reduce pollution levels in the city centre. The outcome engagement events will be reported to the committee later this year.

Requiring more buses to be brought up to Euro VI standard or better was determined to be the quickest way to improve air quality — either by using hydrogen or electric vehicles or by retrofitting diesel vehicles with exhaust modifications.