In September 2017, as part of the Scottish Government's Programme for Government, Nicola Sturgeon announced that all petrol and diesel vehicles would be phased out in Scotland by 2032.
The underlying vision is a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be accompanied by marked improvements in local air quality, noise pollution and public health.
It is widely expected that electric vehicles (EVs) would be the primary solution to meeting the demand for personal and fleet vehicles.
At present, there are approximately 100,000 EVs in the UK. This is expected to rise to between 1 and 1.4 million by 2022, at least a ten-fold increase.
Glasgow will become Scotland's first Low Emission Zone (LEZ), further driving the demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). This LEZ is now in place with the first phase applying to buses and will culminate in 2022 when all vehicles will be subject to the restrictions.
Glasgow is key to Scotland's air quality improvement success, and unlocking the Region's full economic potential to make it the low-carbon 'growth engine' for the area.
We have been awarded a Transport Scotland fund of 2.2 million pounds to improve infrastructure for electric vehicle charge points and increase the number of freely available points in the city for public and commercial use, as well as further decarbonising their fleet.
Our EV network facilitates in excess of 41,000 charges annually for over 2,500 distinct users. This is expected to rise 10-fold over the next five years. As demand on the network continues to rise, enforcement of spaces is critical for the user experience and crucial to maintaining user confidence specifically in the network and in EVs generally.
Having confidence in the ability to charge a vehicle remains the single largest concern for potential EV users. Some of this stress is mitigated by technology, for example the ability to check the availability of charge points using a mobile application. However rules around how charge points are utilised will also provide comfort to users. Hence reference is made to charging bays rather than parking bays.
There are currently 23 EV users for every publically available charge point in the City and these charge points need to remain available for charging. Users who remain in bays beyond the Council's agreed time limits decrease the amenity for all users.
Current Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) apply 24 hours a day. These restrictions will be enforced by Parking Attendants and, if necessary, the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).
This is to help ensure these charging bays remain available at all times. There is an assumption from many drivers that restrictions on these bays end at 6pm, similar to other parking spaces, however this is not always the case and you should always look for signage at charge points to be sure which restrictions apply to the location you wish to use.