Local transport minister Norman Baker has invited local authorities and passenger transport executives to bid for a share of £5m to reduce pollution from local buses.

Local authorities will be able to bid for grants of up to £1m from the Department for Transport's Clean Bus Technology Fund, allowing them to upgrade local buses with pollution-reducing technologies such as cleaner engines or exhaust after-treatment equipment.

The scheme is in addition to the £12m announced last month for 213 new low carbon buses in the latest round of the Green Bus Fund. Whereas last month's announcement was for new buses, this is for retrofitting current buses with green technology.

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