Electric Vehicles: Charging Points

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 22 November 2022.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the policy paper by his Department entitled Taking charge: the electric vehicle infrastructure strategy, published on 25 March 2022, how many charging companies have signed up to the British Standards Institute accessible charging standards as of 15 November 2022.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

As the transition to electric vehicles (EV) accelerates it is important that public chargepoints are designed to be easily accessible to all those who need to use them, including disabled and elderly people. Working alongside the national disability charity Motability, the Government commissioned the British Standards Institution (BSI) to produce a new accessibility standard – a world first. This standard, for the first time, lays out best practice on designing and installing accessible public EV chargepoints. The Publicly Available Standard (PAS) 1899 was published on 11 October 2022.

Compliance with the PAS 1899 Standard is voluntary, and the Government does not measure the specific level of uptake. However, Government will be actively encouraging its uptake and monitoring to assess whether further intervention is needed. This will inform the 24-month review of the standard, which will be led by the BSI.

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