Shocking waste

September 22, 2010 11:13 AM

Haringey council have spent almost £100,000 on 12 charging points for electric cars to encourage drivers to switch from diesel and petrol cars. However the council have described the scheme as “disappointing” after only one resident has paid the annual £50 registration fees since it was introduced last October. Disappointing indeed! 

Despite the poor uptake Transport for London (TfL) has committed a further £30,000 for next year having already put in £63,175 over the past two years. 

There are 1,800 electric vehicles registered in London out of millions of registered vehicles, therefore there clearly is little demand for such a scheme in the borough of Haringey and the scheme has not stimulated more demand for electric cars almost a year after it was introduced.

Taxpayers’ who have funded the scheme will no doubt be angry that money has not been used to fund transport schemes that are actually used – like rail and buses. Transport schemes like these are in high demand in London boroughs and because they can carry significant numbers of passengers, are more environmentally friendly.

The electric charging point scheme was introduced to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint, however switching to electric cars merely moves the cars’ emissions to the power station that produce the energy for car to run. It therefore does not have the scale of positive effect on lowering emissions that the supporters of electric vehicles would have you believe.

Spending £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on an electric car scheme used by one driver is also hugely inefficient. London commuters who are frequently let down by TfL's poor services will no doubt be miffed over the local authorities’ priorities.

Haringey council have spent almost £100,000 on 12 charging points for electric cars to encourage drivers to switch from diesel and petrol cars. However the council have described the scheme as “disappointing” after only one resident has paid the annual £50 registration fees since it was introduced last October. Disappointing indeed! 

Despite the poor uptake Transport for London (TfL) has committed a further £30,000 for next year having already put in £63,175 over the past two years. 

There are 1,800 electric vehicles registered in London out of millions of registered vehicles, therefore there clearly is little demand for such a scheme in the borough of Haringey and the scheme has not stimulated more demand for electric cars almost a year after it was introduced.

Taxpayers’ who have funded the scheme will no doubt be angry that money has not been used to fund transport schemes that are actually used – like rail and buses. Transport schemes like these are in high demand in London boroughs and because they can carry significant numbers of passengers, are more environmentally friendly.

The electric charging point scheme was introduced to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint, however switching to electric cars merely moves the cars’ emissions to the power station that produce the energy for car to run. It therefore does not have the scale of positive effect on lowering emissions that the supporters of electric vehicles would have you believe.

Spending £100,000 of taxpayers’ money on an electric car scheme used by one driver is also hugely inefficient. London commuters who are frequently let down by TfL's poor services will no doubt be miffed over the local authorities’ priorities.

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