Motoring experts demand overhaul of UK car rules in huge shake-up

Motoring experts across the UK are sounding the alarm over the state of the nation's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, labelling it as the "biggest barrier to EV adoption".

The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) is pushing for significant changes and the establishment of a nationwide kerbside charging strategy, highlighting the critical need for more on-street charging options. The group has labelled the current system, which relies on local councils to set up charging points, as "ineffective" and is advocating for a "unified national programme" instead.

In their latest publication, the 2024 Tax and Regulation Manifesto, the AFP outlined these and other recommendations. The manifesto asserts: "A lack of kerbside charging is currently the biggest barrier to EV adoption in the UK, we believe, so a national programme is needed to encourage installation of chargers for on-street parking."

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The report goes on to say: "The current scheme relies on local authorities to part-fund, meaning that provision is extremely patchy and that employers need to lobby individual councils for charging provision, something that is often proving ineffective. There needs to be a unified national programme in place that solves these problems, otherwise many drivers will find it very challenging to adopt an EV."

The AFP has called on the Government to back additional "community charging projects" to aid drivers who lack access to home charging points, such as those residing in flats. The report also proposed the establishment of a new chargepoint regulator and discussed the potential for an EV price cap, according to the Express, reports the Mirror.

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A stern reminder was issued about the necessity of such a regulator to ensure a "quality standard" across all UK chargepoints. The uniformity of service for motorists, regardless of where they charge their vehicles, was highlighted with "Quality, quantity, standards and accessibility" pinpointed as the main areas of focus for any prospective regulator.

The AFP's report declared: "We believe there is a need for a charge point regulator. Drivers of electric vehicles need ease, reliability and consistency when using the public charging network. A regulator would be able to look at pricing and the possibility of price caps, simplify payment methods and make it easier for drivers to pay for, and claim back charging costs across all public networks (contactless via credit cards, corporate billing solutions and simple ways to obtain VAT receipts)."