Information about public charging points

Part of Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:45 pm, 16th March 2017

Although we have tabled no amendments to clause 11, it is worth putting it on record that it is potentially one of the most important clauses in part 2 of the Bill. If we are to give more people the confidence they need to switch to plug-in vehicles, it is vital that they have an easy way, without having to work at it, of knowing not only where they can charge their vehicle but how much it will cost and how that compares with other charge points in the area. If they have a Nissan LEAF rather than a Tesla, they need to know that the charge point will charge it. Ensuring proper interoperability and transparency, particularly of pricing, is really important. Unusually, I do not think that we can add to what the Government have put in the clause, but I emphasise that it is really important.