Steve Double MP calls on Government to supercharge the road to zero

Ahead of Clean Air Day on Thursday 20th June 2019, Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay attended the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (BVRLA) Road to Zero Report Card launch in Parliament.

Analysis launched at the event shows that issues with taxation, charge point infrastructure and vehicle supply are putting the brakes on UK electric vehicle registrations.

The BVRLA represent fleets that own or operate nearly five million cars and vans.

Commenting, Steve said:

"This report demonstrates that the Government is behind on the targets it set itself in the Road to Zero Strategy. If the Government wants to have any chance of keeping its new promise to become ‘net zero’ by 2050, drastic action needs to be taken."

"We can't wait years for more action, the people of Mid-Cornwall need the Government to act now to show them how seriously it takes clean air and reducing emissions.”

"The vehicle leasing, rental and car club sector offers the fastest way to get new clean cars on the road but the right incentives and infrastructure need to be in place.”

Steve has co-signed a letter to the Government urging it to speed up its progress on the road to zero emission to keep the promises made in the Road to Zero strategy and to provide the necessary infrastructure and funding necessary to increase the use of electric vehicles.

The letter calls on the Government to:

1. Provide a five-year fiscal roadmap for future EV-related taxes and incentives

2. Set a national quota for EV registrations that ramps up between now and 2030

3. Commit to mandate universal methods of access and payment for public EV charging.

Commenting, Steve said:

"The findings of the BVRLA analysis show that the Government has put the brakes on when it should be accelerating its plans.”

“In Cornwall with recent funding given to Cornish Lithium to look at exploring for the extraction of lithium, an essential part of batteries for electric cars, we are ideally placed to play our part in driving this important strategy. I look forward to it being implemented in full in the future.”