Green transport to move forward thanks to EPV consultation

Vehicle carbon emissions could be reduced thanks to a new consultation on small electric personal cars.

Launched today (January 5th) by transport secretary Lord Adonis, the consultation will aim to gauge public opinion on a proposed change in the law allowing small electric personal vehicles (EPVs) access to public roads and cycle tracks.

Lord Adonis highlighted the importance of new technologies to boosting green transport prospects and explained that the consultation "offers the chance for a full consideration" of EPVs.

"We want to hear from groups and individuals with opinions and evidence on whether the law should be changed to permit such vehicles on public roads and cycle tracks," he explained.

"We will then consider all the responses carefully before deciding whether any further action is required."

EPVs that do not comply with existing laws relating to road traffic can currently only be used on private land, providing the landowner has given permission.

Elsewhere, Scotland's government was recently encouraged to do more to improve the country's electric car industry.

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