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The Government May Force Petrol Stations to Install EV Chargers

19 Octobre 2017

In addition to actually installing the chargers, the government wants this new network of charging points to be "smart" - meaning it can interact with the national grid to help manage demand across the UK.

The government also announced plans to invest £1.2 billion in electric and automated auto sectors, and ensuring local councils have the money they need to install charging points on residential streets where electric cars are likely to be parked.

The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which was first announced during the Queen's Speech in June but yesterday had its first reading in Parliament, outlines new powers that will help boost the uptake of electric vehicles across the UK.

Roads minister Jesse Norman will also announce further funding for local authorities at the Smarter Travel Conference in Milton Keynes today, for the installation of chargepoints in residential areas.

When it comes into play it will give the government the power to make the installation of charging points for electric vehicles compulsory, while also enabling drivers of autonomous vehicles to be insured on United Kingdom roads.

"We want the United Kingdom to be the best place in the world to do business and a leading hub for modern transport technology, which is why we are introducing the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill in Parliament and investing more than £1.2 billion in the industry", Transport Minister John Hayes said. "We have already supported the purchase of 115,000 ultra-low emission cars and there are already more than 11,500 publicly available chargepoints, but the demand continues to grow as more people purchase electric vehicles to cut fuel costs and boost the environment".

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Under the proposals, all drivers of automated vehicles will have to be insured and victims of collisions involving an automated vehicle will have quick and easy access to compensation, in line with existing insurance practices, the DfT said.

Such vehicles have the potential to "greatly reduce" road traffic accidents, it added, of which over 85 per cent in 2016 were caused by human error.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: "We want the United Kingdom to be the best place in the world to do business and a leading hub for modern transport technology".

"We support the approach the Government has taken in the bill because this will give the industry time to prepare for the commercial rollout of fully automated driving technology".

"The test, though, will be how effectively those powers are exercised".

The Government May Force Petrol Stations to Install EV Chargers