MOTORISTS face buying electric vehicles under SNP plans to “phase out” sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in Scotland in 15 years.
Nicola Sturgeon revealed the move as she outlined her programme for government to MSPs at Holyrood.
The First Minister also announced plans to introduce a deposit return scheme for bottles and cans, and “massively” expand electric car charging points. And she revealed a target to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032 – eight years earlier than the UK Government – and the creation of low emissions zones in Scotland’s four largest cities by 2020.
Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government – which has been accused of focusing too much on independence and failing to get on with the day job – would introduce 16 new Bills in the next parliamentary year.
She confirmed plans to scrap the 1% pay cap for public-sector workers and stated that education and cutting the attainment gap between rich and poor was her government’s top priority.
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs that ministers would set out “detailed plans to massively expand the number of electric charging points in rural, urban and domestic settings”.
Scotland will also get new laws to make driving under the influence of drugs a criminal offence and sheriffs will be encouraged not to hand out prison sentences of less than 12 months.
But Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson warned the First Minister raised concerns about the sentencing police.
Ms Davidson said: “Right now, 17% of all offenders done for attempted murder or serious assault received a sentence of less than 12 months. More than a quarter of all sex offenders are given jail terms of less than 12 months.
“We see the need in many areas for criminals to be taken off the streets and we see that nowhere greater than in domestic abuse.