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Matt Warman MP response

Matt Warman MP response
Matt Warman MP: Conservative – Boston and Skegness

Dear […]


Thank you for contacting me with your concerns on the petrol and diesel

ban, and electric vehicles.


It is important that we as a country take action to tackle climate

change to help mitigate its effects, which include flooding, costal

erosion and other issues caused by extreme weather. To play our part in

tackling this global issue, the UK aims to eliminate our contribution to

climate change and achieve net zero by 2050.


Motorcycles can make a significant contribution to addressing our

country’s transport and traffic issues. Indeed, they can reduce

congestion and represent an affordable alternative to the car,

delivering independence and mobility as well as broadening employment

opportunities. The Government is investing in a plug-in motorcycle grant

scheme, which is available for eligible zero emission motorcycles and

mopeds across the UK.


Subject to consultation, all new motorcycles will have to be fully zero

emissions at the tailpipe by 2035. I am assured that the Government will

continue to support the transition with a package of financial and

non-financial incentives. The Government recently sought opinions as to

when the UK should stop selling new non-zero emission L-category

vehicles, such as motorcycles, and I look forward to their response in

due course.


Bringing forward the end the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans to

2030 and increasing the use of electric vehicles will play a crucial

role in helping the UK to hit this ambitious, legally binding target. I

want to assure you that the Government is putting in place the

infrastructure to facilitate the accelerated transition to electric

vehicles – including public chargepoints, residential on-street

chargepoints as well as rapid and smart chargepoints.


I welcome that the Government is investing £3.5 billion to support the

automotive sector and consumers in the transition to zero emissions

vehicles. This includes: £1 billion of Government investment to support

the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains; £620

million for targeted electric vehicle grants and infrastructure; and

£275 million to extend support for charge point installation at homes,

workplaces and on-street locations.


So far, government funding, alongside private sector investment, has

supported the installation of more than 32,000 public electric vehicle

charging devices, including over 6,000 rapid chargepoints – one of the

largest networks in Europe. But there is much more to do. That is why I

am glad that consumers will soon be able to compare costs across

charging networks in a recognisable format similar to pence per litre

for fuel and there will be new standards to ensure reliable charging for

electric vehicle drivers.


Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.


Matt Warman MP

7th March 2023