- consultation launched on measures to place the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge transport technologies
- proposals will lead to even more EV chargepoints that are inclusively designed for all drivers
Measures to safely maximise the opportunities and benefits from a range of technologies, including expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK, are among a raft of proposals set out by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today (28 September 2021).
With radical changes in transport expected over the next decade, the government says it is making sure the right framework is in place to drive innovation, keep people safe and harness the benefits of new technologies right across the country.
Among the proposals being considered are future plans for a robust and expansive chargepoint network that will allow everyone to make the switch to electric, supporting the government’s commitment to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The proposals would support even more chargepoints along motorways, streets and at popular destinations to make them more accessible, as well as helping to ensure they are inclusively designed so they are easy to use by all.
The government says the UK will also be able to implement tougher environmental standards for new vehicles and capture the benefits of transport innovation and technology development.
Building on the views expressed in the consultation, it will bring forward final proposals on the Future of Transport programme - which aims to shape transport innovation and make the UK a world leader in transport movement - addressing the systemic changes in transport happening due to electrification, automation and new digital and data-driven ways of doing business.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ”This is a hugely exciting time for transport in the UK. On our roads EVs are set to become the norm within the decade, on our seas autonomous and remotely operated vessels will increase efficiency and improve safety, and in our skies drones and novel aircraft will transform the way people and goods move around. Supporting these innovations will not only ensure high standards for consumers but also create a research-friendly environment so we can continue being world leaders in transport. We will create a safer, greener transport system that attracts investment and supports skilled jobs across the country.”