Tuesday 16 July 2019

'Revolution is coming' - one million EVs to hit the road

 

The Government wants one million EVs to be on the roads by 2030. Stock photo: Getty
The Government wants one million EVs to be on the roads by 2030. Stock photo: Getty
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The plan seeks to force people out of private cars because they are the "biggest offenders for emissions", Transport Minister Shane Ross said.

It is noted that there is already effectively no VRT on high-value electric vehicles (EVs) and a very low motor tax rate of €120 - but take-up is still slow.

A change in approach is suggested with a new car-scrappage scheme to be considered from 2020. New fossil-fuel cars will be banned from 2030 and the granting of NCTs will stop in 2045.

One action point says local authorities should develop a regulatory framework on low-emission zones and parking pricing policies. This could see them restrict access to certain parts of a city or town to zero-emission vehicles only.

The Government wants one million EVs to be on the roads by 2030. To achieve this, the plan says a charging network that underpins public confidence must be developed.

Mr Ross said: "A transport revolution is coming."

Measures include the progression of projects including Dart Expansion, Metro Link and BusConnects.

Greenways are to be expanded and there will be more than 200km of new cycling networks. Public buses will also be electric.

Irish Independent

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