Measures to help increase, encourage and aid electric vehicles and associated technology

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Thomas Pemberton

Dear Kirklees Borough Council,

Electric vehicles are being increasingly promoted as a low-carbon alternative to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Some local authorities have therefore introduced measures to increase uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology (eg. charging infrastructure) within their local authority area such as providing free parking for electric vehicle owners, procuring electric vehicles as part of the local authority fleet or mandating charging points as part of all new development.

1a) What measures to date have been put in place by your local authority to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology by residents within your local authority area? Please provide details of each measure.
1b) Are any future measures being considered by your local authority to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology by residents within your local authority area? If so, what are these measures?

2a) What measures to date have been put in place to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology within your local authority fleet and amongst local authority staff? Please provide details of each measure.
2b) Are any future measures being considered to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology within your local authority fleet and amongst local authority staff? If so, what are these measures?

3a) What measures to date have been put in place by your local authority to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology by businesses who are located within your local authority area? Please provide details of each measure.
3b) Are any future measures being considered by your local authority to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology by businesses who are located within your local authority area? If so, what are these measures?

4a) What planning measures have been put in place to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles within your local authority area? For example, do you require a set standard of EV charging spaces as part of a new residential or commercial development? Please provide details of each measure.
4b) Are any future planning measures being considered to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles within your local authority area? If so, what are these measures?

Yours faithfully,

Thomas Pemberton

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Mr Pemberton

 

FoI 17412 - Measures to help increase, encourage and aid electric vehicles
and associated technology

 

I am writing in response to your request dated 16 May 2018.  This has been
dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

The Council's response to your specific questions is set out below:

 

Electric vehicles are being increasingly promoted as a low-carbon
alternative to conventional combustion engine vehicles. Some local
authorities have therefore introduced measures to increase uptake of
electric vehicles and associated technology (eg. charging infrastructure)
within their local authority area such as providing free parking for
electric vehicle owners, procuring electric vehicles as part of the local
authority fleet or mandating charging points as part of all new
development.

 

1a) What measures to date have been put in place by your local authority
to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and
associated technology by residents within your local authority area?
Please provide details of each measure.

 

·         Kirklees Council is a partner in a West Yorkshire Combined
Authority led project to deliver a strategic network of Rapid Electric
Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) across West Yorkshire. This project is the
delivery of an Office of Low Emission Vehicle (OLEV) Grant support by the
West Yorkshire Transport Fund to provide EVCP for taxis. The project has
been expanded to include private vehicles. The aim of the project is to
install around 88 EVCP across West Yorkshire.

 

·         19 electric vehicle charging points at tourist accommodation
locations have been installed in Kirklees.

 

·         Electric vehicles can park for free in Kirklees carparks

 

·         Kirklees Council has a staff incentive scheme for purchase low
emission vehicles

 

1b) Are any future measures being considered by your local authority to
encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and
associated technology by residents within your local authority area? If
so, what are these measures?

 

·         Kirklees Council officers have attended workshops led by the
Energy Savings Trust regarding their administration of the OLEV Grant Fund
for on street residential charge points. Officers are considering the
implications and feasibility of projects associated with this fund and no
plans have been made at this stage. 

 

·         The review of the taxi licensing policies are going to introduce
measures to encourage low emission taxis.

 

2a) What measures to date have been put in place to encourage, increase
and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology
within your local authority fleet and amongst local authority staff?
Please provide details of each measure.

2b) Are any future measures being considered to encourage, increase and/or
aid the uptake of electric vehicles and associated technology within your
local authority fleet and amongst local authority staff? If so, what are
these measures?

 

The Council operate 3 EV’s & are looking to expand this number – a project
to look at how many vehicles operated by the Council could be replaced
with EV’s is underway.

 

3a) What measures to date have been put in place by your local authority
to encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and
associated technology by businesses who are located within your local
authority area? Please provide details of each measure.

 

Businesses can benefit where appropriate from the measures detailed in the
response to Q1 above.

 

3b) Are any future measures being considered by your local authority to
encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles and
associated technology by businesses who are located within your local
authority area? If so, what are these measures?

 

Kirklees Council is currently developing its Five Year Air Quality Action
Plan under the Local Air Quality Management system – developing strategies
on the uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles and Electric Vehicles will be
a key theme of the document. As this document is in a very early stage of
development we cannot give any firm measures. 

 

4a) What planning measures have been put in place to encourage, increase
and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles within your local authority
area? For example, do you require a set standard of EV charging spaces as
part of a new residential or commercial development? Please provide
details of each measure.

 

All appropriate Planning permissions are conditioned for provision of
Electric Vehicles charging in accordance with West Yorkshire Low Emission
Strategy. 

 

All appropriate planning permissions are conditioned for provision of
electric vehicles charging in accordance with the West Yorkshire Low
Emission Strategy and its technical guidance which can be viewed at:
[1]http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/planning...
and
[2]http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Documents/bi...

 

4b) Are any future planning measures being considered to encourage,
increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles within your local
authority area? If so, what are these measures?

 

The Council is preparing a new Local Plan for the district which is now at
an advanced stage. The plan contains several policies which aim to
encourage, increase and/or aid the uptake of electric vehicles, including
draft Policies PLP5 (f), PLP15 (e), PLP17 (e), PLP18 (f), PLP20, PLP21,
PLP24 (please note these policies are subject to proposed modifications
further to the Local Plan Examination in Public so must be treated as
draft at this stage). These policies can be viewed at:
[3]http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/planning...

 

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