Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, commenting on reports this evening that the government has paved the way for abandoning their commitment to a network of roadside charging points for battery-powered electric cars with the publication of a report arguing instead for charging to take place at home or work, said:
“This is yet another blow to the Tory-led government’s claim that they would be the ‘greenest government ever’ and bad news for the UK's green industries. The Committee on Climate Change is clear that if the UK is to remain on course to hit ambitious carbon-reduction targets we need to have reached 1.7million electric vehicles by 2020. The Tory-led Government should be supporting green industries and new jobs, instead they are creating a vicious circle in our economy by cutting too far and too fast.
“Philip Hammond looks set to abandon his own manifesto commitment to supporting a new national car recharging network, while the Liberal Democrats have failed to prevent this despite it being in the Coalition Agreement. It is unbelievable that the Department for Transport’s response to recent criticism for failing to meet their targets for this network is to simply abandon it.
“It’s time the government showed the leadership that the scale of this challenge demands.”