Electric vehicles are crucial for reducing emissions and improving air quality.
I’m pleased that local councils can get funding to help install electric vehicle charging points – making it easier for people to switch to an electric car or van.
The Transport Secretary has confirmed that the Government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will continue this financial year, with a £20 million budget.
The scheme funds 75% of the capital costs of installing charging points, and is open to all levels of local government from county councils to parish councils. More information can be found here.
I’m encouraging our local councils to apply for funding from the scheme to help install more electric chagrining points in our towns and villages. I know that a number of local authorities in Kent have already benefited from this.
The scheme is part of the Government’s £1.3 billion investment in electric charging infrastructure ahead of the ban on new petrol and diesel cars coming into force in 2030.
I’m pleased that the Government is also taking steps to make current fuel use greener by introducing E10 as the standard petrol grade later this year.
People in Faversham and Mid Kent are eager to go greener. I’ll continue to campaign for the green infrastructure we need locally.