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plug-in grants minister wins award nomination

With the deadline due today for the LowCVP (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) Champions Awards nominations, journalist Paul Blezard has suggested to organisers that they institute a Bogeyman or Bogeywoman award.

The idea, he says, is to shame someone who has clearly stood in the way of LCV progress.

Unsurprisingly, he has nominated  Andrew Jones, minister for transport with responsibility for OLEV, the government’s office for low-emission vehicles.

He’s been in post for a whole year now and has failed miserably to implement the plug-in motorcycle grant scheme for PTWs which was announced on 27 March 2015 by Baroness Kramer and Matthew Hancock MP.

“There’s been no change of government policy. On the contrary,” writes Blezard, “Mr Jones keeps paying lip service to the electric PTW industry and the long-awaited grant, which should really have been introduced with the car grant back in 2011!. But he and his OLEV elves have clearly being making sure that it isn’t implemented.

“The net effect has actually been to blight the electric PTW market, as prospective purchasers of fleets of zero-emission, traffic-busting cargo scooters hold off from buying while they wait for the grant to come in. As one would-be seller said to me: ‘It would have been better if the announcement had never been made – we would have sold more electric scooters!’.”

The LowCVP, established in 2003, is a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK business.


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