Coun­cil in­tro­duces fees to charge elec­tric cars

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Coun­cil of­fi­cials have in­stalled fees for the re­gion’s elec­tric car charg­ing points. The move was launched on Mon­day and it will cost mo­torists 25p per k/w for boost­ing power in their ve­hi­cles.

It means Dum­fries and Gal­loway is only the sec­ond lo­cal au­thor­ity in Scot­land to charge money for the ser­vice which aims to en­cour­age more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly driv­ing.

A coun­cil spokesman in­sisted that the fees were prompted by the rise in driv­ers opt­ing for elec­tric cars.

He said:“This charge came into ef­fect on Jan­uary 7 and is to cover the cost of elec­tric­ity used.

“Our coun­cil has sub­sidised the cost of elec­tric­ity un­til now, but with the num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cles ever-in­creas­ing, we are not able to sus­tain this fi­nan­cial pres­sure long-term.”

Mo­ray Coun­cil is the only other au­thor­ity which charges fees for elec­tric­ity at its power points.

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