Scottish Bus Emission Abatement Retrofit Fund

The Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) programme aims to fit buses/coaches with Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) accredited retrofit technology measures to support the delivery of Scotland’s Low Emission Zones (LEZs) by reducing nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). BEAR supports the cost of retrofit technology accredited by CVRAS to improve emissions to Euro VI standard or better. 

In 2017/18 the Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit (BEAR) Phase 1 scheme awarded funding to seven operators to enable 42 buses and coaches to be converted to Euro VI standard to help reduce pollution levels in Air Quality Management Areas.

A total of eight successful operators were awarded further funding to retrofit 124 buses and coaches with CVRAS accredited technology in 2018/19 through BEAR Phase 2 funding.

BEAR Phase 3 funding of up to £8.857 million is available in the 2019/20 financial year to licensed bus and coach operators, local authorities and community transport operators located in, or operating eligible vehicles based on routes within one of Scotland’s cities identified in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017 LEZ commitment (i.e. Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and/or one of Scotland’s Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

The eligible technologies which can funding can support the cost of retrofitting are:

  • Selective Catalytic Reduction Traps to reduce diesel emissions
  • E-fans to reduce fuel consumption
  • Hybrid drive conversions
  • Electric drive conversions
  • Gas engine conversions
  • New technology

Successful applicants can access grant funding from Transport Scotland towards both primary and ancillary costs up to a maximum of £3,100,000 per bidder. 

Eligible vehicles must meet the following criteria:

  • Buses and coaches operated under a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operator licence or used for voluntary, community or other non-profit making purpose.
  • Less than 13 years old at time of application.
  • Conforming to Euro IV or V emission standards from factory.

Operators need to:

  • Provide a statement outlining how services will be delivered in a LEZ and/or AQMA.
  • Provide quarterly telematics data demonstrating both daily NOx and PM abatement per bus, maintenance of equipment, daily AdBlue consumption, daily mileage, mpg, GPS location of bus; all for a 5-year period.
  • Have a history of effective maintenance and agree to commit to an agreed maintenance cycle of the newly installed equipment as part of the application process.

Application guidance, application form and grant calculator for BEAR Phase 3 can be downloaded below:

1. Application guidance

2. Application form

3. Grant calculator

Please note - the closing date for BEAR Phase 3 applications is 5pm, Friday 6 March 2020.


If you have any questions please get in touch

BEAR Phase 2 grants awarded in 2018/19 were:

Operator Retrofitter Total Grant awarded Vehicles
Craig of Campbeltown Ltd/Westcoast Motors Baumot £138,616.00 10
Festival Travel (Scotland) Ltd HJS/Eminox £92,668.00 3
First Glasgow Eminox £515,189.00 40
Lothian Buses Limited HJS £156,140.00 25
Lothian Buses Limited HJS £171,464.00  11
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) HJS £20,716.00 1
Western Buses Ltd/Stagecoach Baumot £168,910.00 7
Xplore Dundee/Tayside Public Transport Company Ltd HJS £143,348.00 10
Total   £1,577,701.00