Southern Vectis is marking World Car Free Day – Saturday 22nd September – by offering free travel for youngsters across the Isle of Wight.
Under 17s travelling with a fare paying adult will be able to journey without the need for tickets, with the bus operator encouraging more people to use sustainable transport.
World Car Free Day is an initiative aimed at easing congestion and improving air quality by promoting mass transit, cycling and walking to motorists as alternative methods of travel.
Andrew Wickham, Southern Vectis’ managing director, says:
“At Southern Vectis, we welcome any initiative designed to reduce the harmful effects exhaust emissions have on the environment.
“Our bus fleet is one of the newest and cleanest in the region. Over recent years, we have introduced a large number of brand new buses to operate our services across the city. Many of these sport the very latest Euro 6 engine – releasing fewer emissions than the average new diesel car.
“World Car Free Day ties in perfectly with what we are trying to achieve on the Isle of Wight. Buses provide the perfect and affordable solution to reducing air pollution, so we’re proud to have invested millions of pounds in improving the comfort and reliability of our services here.
“Our team is hoping youngsters and their parents will take advantage of the chance to travel with us for free on Saturday 22 September – particularly those who may otherwise use their cars. We look forward to welcoming them on-board.”