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Electric charge point regulation is a vital step forward, says Logistics UK
The announcement that building regulations have been altered to require new buildings to be fitted with electric vehicle charge points marks significant progress in the nation’s efforts to decarbonise transport, Logistics UK has said.
“Regulation to ensure all new buildings, including homes and workplaces, are fitted with electric vehicle charge points is a vital step forward in England’s transition to a net zero emission economy,” said Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK.
However, the business group warns a deeper acceleration of electric charging infrastructure across all sectors of the economy is needed, to speed up the decarbonisation of the logistics sector.
“With the government announcing a commitment to make it easier to pay for charging, Logistics UK is pressing them to introduce a centralised billing system for commercial operators which would make payment for businesses as seamless as possible,” Beedell said.
Logistics UK is also urging the government to grant exemptions to the new-build rule for certain sectors that often operate in remote areas off the electricity grid, such as mining and quarrying. Owing to the nature of their work, these businesses are also more likely to move their site locations regularly and use heavier vehicles over vans or cars, making the expense of installing electric charge points unreasonable, especially until suitable electric HGVs are available for mass market purchase.
Published On: 25/11/2021 16:00:00