The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles have published the outcome and Government response to the “Future of Transport Regulatory Review” consultation. The consultation sought views on areas of transport regulation that were outdated, a barrier to innovation or not designed with new technologies and business models in mind.

The outcomes of the consultation are:

  • The Department for Transport (DfT) will look to update local transport plans to include the need for local transport authorities (LTAs) to produce local electric vehicle (EV) charging strategies and ensure provision of chargepoints.
  • When parliamentary time allows, DfT intend to take powers to issue directions to LTAs to produce local charging strategies, if they have not done so as part of local transport plans.
  • DfT will continue to monitor and evaluate the rollout of charging infrastructure in existing non-residential car parks, reviewing powers if market pace is deemed insufficient. DfT will consider further consultation focused on lease interactions if powers are pursued.
  • The Rapid charging fund will be used to support sites with open-access charging and competition on site.

In addition, new regulations to improve consumer experience at public chargepoints were passed in Parliament on 24 October 2023.