The issue was raised by Mary Durkan, Foyleside Councillor, at last week’s Environment & Regeneration Committee.
Miss Durkan said: “There has been a renewed focus on reimagining infrastructure and our ways of living and working, and the Executive has brought forward welcome plans to encourage a shift to active travel.
“This is a chance for change, and it has been encouraging to see the recent passing of legislation for EV bikes, bringing us into line with other regions.
“The move towards electric vehicles will be a key factor in tackling air pollution and meeting carbon emission reduction targets.
“However, the current lack of access to charging points has been a deterrent for some people making the switch.”
Miss Durkan added: “Our Council is committed to Climate Emergency action.
“We want to be proactive in promoting active travel and the use of cleaner, lower emission vehicles.
“Access to charging points is essential for drivers who do not have access to off-street parking at home.
“In other regions there are schemes in place enabling councils to access grants for the installation and maintenance of charging stations.
“It is anticipated that the new Irish Government will bring forward a range of policies to incentivise the use of electric vehicles.
“This includes an EV strategy, with guidance for local authorities, to ensure charging infrastructure stays ahead of demand.”
Miss Durkan concluded: “We look forward to hearing from the Ministers and the Executive and to further collaboration.
The decarbonisation of road transport is an important feature in climate action planning all around the world.
“Derry City and Strabane District Council stands ready to play its part, but we are relying on guidance from the Executive who must address any existing legislative barriers.”Tags: