DRIVERS in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire are leading the way towards cleaner air in Scotland’s streets, according to new research.

Data sourced from the Department of Transport through Verve Research has revealed the best and worst council areas in the country for uptake of green vehicles.

Renfrewshire topped the list of areas with the highest proportion of ultra low emission models per every 10,000 vehicles, with East Renfrewshire in sixth place.

Renfrewshire was also revealed to have the highest number of green vehicles with 1,857 and the fastest three-year growth rate.

East Renfrewshire was shown to have the third-highest growth rate with 215 green vehicles.
The government’s Road to Zero Strategy set a target of 50 to 70 per cent of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be at the forefront nationally for our commitment in switching to ultra low emission vehicles.

“As part of our regular review of air quality, we have recently developed our latest Air Quality Action Plan and a key action is the introduction of ultra low emission vehicles to improve the council fleet.

“Our number of vehicles and charging points having steadily increased since 2012 and we will continue to move to lower emission vehicles where possible, as part of our continued drive to improve air quality in Renfrewshire.”