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Government needs to extend charger network in rural and remote areas

July 21, 2021 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur has today warned that the Scottish Government needs to drive investment in electric car charging points beyond the central belt and said that a failure to do so risks driving people back to petrol and diesel cars.

A new Transport Scotland report published today notes:

Mr McArthur said:

"It is abundantly clear from looking at countries like The Netherlands, that we are way behind with our rollout of high speed charging points.

"The risk if this is left entirely to the market to address we'll see a profusion of charging points in the central belt but a network that is wholly inadequate in other parts of Scotland.

"To give people confidence to make the switch, we need a network of well-maintained rapid chargers. A failure to deliver this expansion risks undermining our efforts to reduce emissions and meet out climate targets.

"If we are to tackle our stubborn transport emissions, we need a government that is prepared to go the extra mile.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats want a new legal presumption by the end of the Parliament that every new vehicle purchased for the public sector will be low carbon. We want to see new measures to make it easier to integrate chargers into streetlights or other street furniture as technology allows, and a requirement for new developments to include charging points as standard."

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Notes to editors:

The report can be found here.