Charg­ing ahead but at a price

CALLS TO IN­TRO­DUCE ELEC­TRIC VE­HI­CLE POINTS AT ALL SOUTH BUCKS CAR PARKS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

By JAS­MINE RAP­SON Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter ELEC­TRIC ve­hi­cle charg­ing points could be in­tro­duced in all South Bucks car parks as part of na­tional plans to tackle pol­lu­tion.

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) hopes the move will pro­mote sus­tain­able trans­port and in­crease the use of the car parks by a wider range of peo­ple.

How­ever, drivers charg­ing their ve­hi­cles will have to pay the car park tar­iff – de­spite lo­cal au­thor­i­ties ini­tially of­fer­ing free park­ing to elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers who were us­ing the charg­ing points.

By the end of last year there were more than 47,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in the UK, and with the fig­ure set to rise, SBDC says it is “dif­fi­cult” for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to con­tinue to of­fer free park­ing.

A re­port pre­sented to a pol­icy ad­vi­sory group last week states: “The govern­ment is urg­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing points to pro­mote sus­tain­able trans­port and help re­duce car­bon emis­sions and tackle air qual­ity.

“By the end of 2017 more than 47,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles had been reg­is­tered in the UK and the elec­tric ve­hi­cle mar­ket as of Septem­ber 2018 makes up 2.4 per cent of all new cars sold.

“The govern­ment’s aim is that elec­tric ve­hi­cles will ac­count for 100% of all new car and van sales by 2040.

“For SBDC this means that ex­pec­ta­tions re­gard­ing park­ing will change and cus­tomers will re­quire elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties.”

The news comes af­ter Bucks County Coun­cil pledged to pro­vide charg­ing points on the road­side for res­i­dents who are un­able to in­stall them at home.

Mar­low was one of the first towns in South Bucks to get the charg­ing points, af­ter they were in­stalled ear­lier this year in a bid to get peo­ple to ditch diesel ve­hi­cles.

The plans will be pre­sented to SBDC’s cabi­net and if they are ap­proved, a con­sul­ta­tion will then be car­ried out. PHOTO: NIALL CAR­SON//PA WIRE

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