We need more electric car charging points

March 01 2020
We need more electric car charging points

Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall writes for the Voice

TO protect and enhance our beautiful countryside in South Gloucestershire, we must take action to improve air quality along many of main through roads and in our towns and we must lead the way in tackling climate change.

I am calling on South Gloucestershire Council to deliver more electric car charging points to be installed in our towns like Yate and Thornbury, and ensure that residents in and around Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath and the surrounding towns and villages also have better access to publicly-available charge points.

We all know that electric vehicles emit a fraction of the emissions compared to petrol and diesel vehicles, but many motorists, completely fairly, feel there are simply not enough electric car charging points in our area at the moment to make the switch.

Increasing our reliance on vehicles powered with renewable energy is just one step we must take reach the Government’s unwavering commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Last month, the Prime Minister announced that Britain will be bringing forward the date from which no new petrol or diesel cars will be allowed to be sold in the UK to 2035, with consideration being given to the feasibility of bringing this further forward. Clearly, the importance of providing the necessary infrastructure for car users in South Gloucestershire has never been greater.

South Gloucestershire Council have declared a Climate Emergency and are currently exploring options for substantially reducing the impact of their own operations. They have also urged people locally to take steps to address this situation, by reducing their own carbon footprint.

We must use this opportunity to deliver more electric car charging points, ensuing that South Gloucestershire is a UK leader in sustainable technology, protecting our beautiful natural environment and providing cleaner air for our families and our community.

Ensuring that these long-need car charging points are finally delivered is a key pledge in my Positive Plan for Protecting Greenspaces and the Environment, alongside protecting our green spaces and fighting poorly planned housing development.

For further information, or to join the campaign, please do not hesitate to get in touch at luke.hall.mp@parliament.uk.