Legislation and Policies That Shape Our Work

In 2009 the Scottish Parliament passed the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. This contains a long term target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, with an interim target of reducing emissions by 42% in the period to 2020.

The Act obliges, from 2011, all defined "public bodies"- which includes HITRANS-to act in the way best to contribute to achieving the emission targets.

The 2001 Transport (Scotland) Act provides powers to transport authorities to draw up binding schemes in relation to local bus services. These schemes encompass either integrated bus ticketing or provision of information on timetables, fares, etc. The Act also enable transport authorities to instigate schemes for bus quality partnerships and bus quality contracts.


Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that all public services work with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. This includes sharing resources, knowledge and examples of good business practice across organisations.

HITRANS is continuing to develop working arrangements between our five Councils to encourage sharing of resources and expertise. In addition, there may be opportunities for HITRANS to support local authorities to deliver particular projects where they may not have the capacity or resources to do so.