Electric car charging points fall in South Tyneside

South Tyneside is not keeping keep pace with the national rollout of electric vehicle charging points, new figures reveal.
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An electric car charger

Thinktank the Policy Exchange says the speed of creating charging points needs to increase to meet growing demand but local government chiefs say "longer term resourcing" is needed despite a Government pledge to give local authorities an extra £20m – aimed at doubling the 4,000 on-street charging points already funded by the Government.

There were 27 public charging points in South Tyneside at the start of January, according to figures from the Department for Transport – a rate of 18 per 100,000 people, which is lower than the UK average of 31.

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There were 319 electric vehicles licensed in the borough at the end of September 2020, according to latest DfT data – up by 23% from 259 in September 2019.

Since October 2019 South Tyneside has lost three devices.

Nationally, there were 20,800 public charging points at the start of this year.

A report by the Policy Exchange says the speed of the rollout needs to increase from the current rate to meet the planned ban on new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.

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Transport Minister Grant Shapps said the extra £20m would make it easier for people to switch to electric vehicles.

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, welcomed the support, but said "longer term resourcing" was needed.

Transport spokesman David Renard said: "Councils are working hard to improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure in their areas but are doing so against competing demands on their time and local circumstances will vary."