Charging points for electric vehicles are to be compulsory at petrol stations and motorway services. The measure forms part of the government’s Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to the draft legislation, a set of common technical and operational standards for electric charge points would also be put in place.
This would ensure that they are “convenient to access and work seamlessly right across the UK”.
Ministers hope the bill will help the country maintain its status as “a world leader in new industries, including electric cars”.
The government also wants to promote self-driving vehicles and ensure the next wave of automated technology is invented, designed and operated safely in Britain.
This, it said, would put the country “at the forefront of automated vehicle ownership and use and maintain our position as one of the best places to research and develop modern transport technologies”.
Compulsory car insurance would be extended to cover the use of automated vehicles, as the government wants to make sure compensation claims are still paid “quickly, fairly and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice”.
The government added that it wants to create a “world-class infrastructure which supports the rapid adoption and use of electric vehicles by consumers as more mass market models become available, helping improve air quality”.
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