Government publishes responses to EV charging strategies consultation
The Department for Transport aims to update local transport plans to include the need for local transport authorities (LTAs) to produce local EV charging strategies to ensure chargepoint provision. New regulations have also been set to improve the experience of consumers when using chargepoints.
The commitment is made in the Government's response to its consultation around the Future of Transport Regulatory Review - Zero Emission Vehicles.
The Government's response says that when parliamentary time allows, it intends to take powers to issue directions to LTAs to produce local charging strategies if they have not done so as part of local transport plans.
It will also continue to monitor and evaluate the roll-out of charging infrastructure in existing non-residential car parks, reviewing powers if market pace is deemed insufficient. It says that it will consider further consultation focused on lease interactions if powers are pursued.
The Rapid Charging Fund will be used to support sites with open-access charging and competition on site.
New regulations to improve consumer experience at public chargepoints were recently passed in Parliament. DfT says it will seek to encourage best practice and continue to monitor progress in this area through ongoing engagement with industry, working with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to enforce the regulations and other non-legislative means.
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