Taxis: Electric Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered on 5 September 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, Co Chair, British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will hold discussions with the (a) Mayor of London and (b) representatives of London boroughs on accelerating the installation of rapid electric charging points for taxis.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

DfT Ministers meet regularly with the Mayor of London and the Metro Mayors. New provisions have been included in the recently adopted Automated and Electric Vehicles Act to enable Metro Mayors, including the Mayor of London, to seek to require provision of chargepoints at large fuel retailers in their areas.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is in regular contact with Transport for London (TfL) and Local Authorities, and works with them to accelerate the installation of rapid chargepoints for taxis and public use. OLEV officials work collaboratively on EV Infrastructure provision, as a member of the Mayor of London’s recently launched EV Infrastructure Taskforce, at which London boroughs are also represented. Government is providing £18m to TfL to install 300 rapid chargepoints, of which 90 are to be taxi dedicated. To date, 116 rapid chargepoints have been installed, of which 56 are taxi dedicated.

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