Elec­tric car pol­icy is ‘dis­crim­i­na­tion’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - AGENDA -

C Beard, Kirk­side Court, Westhill, Aberdeen­shire SIR, – I am a res­i­dent of Aberdeen and live in a ground floor flat in the city cen­tre with no pri­vate park­ing. I have to park on the road out­side my flat.

I would like to buy an elec­tric car but the only way I could charge the car at home would be by plug­ging it in at the flat – with the cable run­ning through a hole in the wall, across the pave­ment and into the car.

I have con­tacted the coun­cil to ask if this is OK, but they said it is not per­mis­si­ble – though they did not say it was il­le­gal. If you live in a prop­erty with of­froad park­ing then charg­ing an elec­tric car would not be a prob­lem.

Ap­par­ently more than 75% of Aberdeen res­i­dents do not have of­froad park­ing, yet the coun­cil ap­pears to have no pol­icy to help the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents who do not have of­froad park­ing – I think this is scan­dalous.

Ev­ery­one is go­ing on about cli­mate change and the de­sir­abil­ity, es­pe­cially in a city, to use elec­tric cars but the coun­cil are not do­ing any­thing to help.

I think this dis­crim­i­nates against poorer peo­ple who can­not af­ford a prop­erty with of­froad park­ing. I have had great dif­fi­culty get­ting any an­swers from the coun­cil about this and I sug­gest to you that this might be some­thing The P&J might in­ves­ti­gate.

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