This Bill will aim to make the infrastructure for electric vehicles more accessible and widespread in the UK. The main proposals for this are:
- make sure that information about the location of vehicle charge points is openly available
- set minimum technical specifications for charge point connectors
- oblige charge point network operators to allow interoperability between networks
- make sure there are charge points at all motorway service areas and large fuel retailers
require that charge points are ‘smart’ and can interact with the electricity grid.
The Bill will also extend compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles (driverless cars), to ensure that compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly, and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice.
By updating the rules surrounding automated and electric vehicles, the Government has said that it hopes “it will help the UK to become a world leader in these technologies by breaking down some of the barriers that could limit companies from testing them here”.
It is expected that electric vehicles will become more popular in near future and so this is an attempt to make sure the UK is equipped to deal with the demand, and to capitalise on any investment that could come from electric vehicle manufacture and testing.
Measures around insurance for self-driving cars will ensure better protection and mean innocent victims involved in a collision with an automated vehicle will have quick and easy access to compensation.
This is a Government Bill from the Department For Transport, and the Secretary of State Chris Grayling MP.
We can expect any measures that promote new transport technology to receive widespread support.
How to get involved
Contact your MP or the Department for Transport.
If I don’t act, will it go through?
As a Government Bill it is likely to go through.