How does this impact on Community Wellbeing? Cleaner air, less CO2, quieter environment Why should the Committee focus on this as part of their future work? Scotland has some excellent projects for electric vehicles in Dundee and Falkirk. But other councils (notably Highland) are falling behind with implementing proper EV infrastructure. Central funds have been allocated but councils are not progressing these projects quickly enough to meet the demands driven by EV uptake. A proper national strategy for EVs needs to be adopted and the barriers to entry for new companies presented by the current Chargeplace Scotland regime needs to be removed
Individual electric vehicle access will not solve Scotland's transport deprivation issues, it will create new problems in the form of traffic jams made up of EVs. The last thing Scotland needs is streets full of EV charging points and roads lined with electric vehicles on charge. 1/3 of Scottish Households do not own cars. Improving public transport will benefit all communities, provide cleaner air, less emissions and a more equitable society.
The environment needs to be the no1 agenda item for the Scottish Parliament
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