Transport Committee calls for more action on EV charging

The Mayor of London has been told to lobby government for more clarity when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure by London Assembly’s Transport Committee.

On 14 February, the committee released a report, Transport and Now, in which it set out key areas for the Mayor to focus on, stressing that greater certainty over EV charging infrastructure was required to support the switch from petrol and diesel vehicles. It added that every effort should still be made to provide viable transport alternatives, ensuring that there is a reduction in the total number of vehicles on London’s roads.

As well as recommending that the Mayor, together with Transport for London (TfL), continue to lobby government for more clarity over its support for EV infrastructure in London, the report also called for work to support the harmonisation of charging networks in the capital. Elsewhere, the report set out other transport priorities for London, including that work should commence on a draft byelaw for the regulation of dockless bikes and other dockless vehicles and that a wide range of public transport and active travel solutions are needed to improve orbital transport in outer London.

Navin Shah, Chair of the Transport Committee, said: “The transport system needs to adapt quickly if it is to truly serve the needs of Londoners. This is not an easy job, and the Mayor has an important role to play in making it happen. We should encourage the use of public transport and walking and cycling whenever and wherever possible. It should be just as easy to travel around in outer London, as it is in inner London. But that means we need to invest in the right infrastructure, organise the transport system more efficiently and make sure we are keeping pace with new innovations and technologies.”

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