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Just one in six local councils have installed on-street charging points with authorities pointing the fingers at each other over who is responsible instead of taking action, according to the AA. An investigation from the breakdown experts found that one-third of households do not have any dedicated off-street charging stations just under a decade from plans to plan petrol and diesel cars from the roads.
County, unitary and metropolitan authorities are responsible for managing and maintaining road networks across the UK.
Meanwhile, district and borough councils are only responsible for managing local car parks.
However, there have been disputes in many cities with authorities claiming they are not responsible for the changes even if they are.
The AA has also discovered that some councils are using a loophole to obtain cash from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS) allows councils to apply for 75 percent funding to install charging points in residential areas where there is little or no off-street parking.
However, councils have successfully applied for the grant and used the money to install electric plugs in centre car parks away from any houses.
AA President Edmund King has warned that using the money to bolster councils income “goes against the spirit of the grant”.
He said: “The ORCS grant is specifically designed to help local authorities overcome the challenge of on-street residential parking and charging.
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“However, too many councils see this as a way of bolstering their town centre charging infrastructure. This goes against the spirit of the grant.
“If the government plans to adopt the phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, then more focus and support is needed to boost local EV infrastructure.
“It had been assumed that some drivers without home charging would be able to charge EVs at their place of work and help reduce the need for more extensive on-street charging points.
“But should the current trend for home working continue, then there may be even more pressure to install more residential charging stations.”
The AA investigation shows that London boroughs have been early adopters of on-street charging points with Brighton and Hove, Coventry and West Berkshire also found to be prepared for the switchover.
Meanwhile, 32 councils say they will install their first on-street charging stations before the end of 2021.
However, the investigation did find that there was an adequate number of chatting points for electric cars currently on the road.
Eight out of 10 owners say they would like to charge an electric car overnight at home, prompting the AA to call for stations to be installed at least a five-minute walk from built-up residential areas.
Edmund King said: “A perceived lack of charging points continues to be one of the top three reasons why drivers are hesitant to switch to electric cars.
“This isn’t helped by councils squabbling amongst themselves over who should be doing the legwork.
“While many councils already have charge points, most of these are either in town-centre car parks, or park & ride locations.
“While this is fine and must continue to grow, but we still need to provide confidence to drivers without dedicated off-street parking that they can charge at home.”
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