The Government has a number of grants available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for low emission vehicles and charge points

We are currently developing a new air quality strategy which will include a review our approach to supporting the uptake of low emission vehicles in North Yorkshire, recognising the benefits to air quality and public health.

North Yorkshire is a two tier local authority area, and we are responsible for on-street car parking. The responsibility for off-street public car parks generally lies with the local district council or National Park Authority; therefore, it would be under the control of the seven district councils and/or the two National Park Authorities to provide charging facilities at off-street locations

We recognise the need to coordinate provision of charge points between all local authorities within the county, and where appropriate, we will consider external funding opportunities which could help to deliver a county-wide charge point network.

Funding available

The Government has a number of grants available through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for low emission vehicles and charge points

On-street charge points

Currently we have no plan to roll out on-street charging infrastructure on a large scale or in response to individual requests for on-street charge points, though we are currently investigating a number of potential options.

The difficulties with the installation of on-street charge points or direct charging from a property to a vehicle parked on-street are:

  • Installing an on-street EV charge point, be it within a residential street or town centre, would require a dedicated parking bay to ensure it is used only by electric vehicles when charging.  A driver would be required to seek alternative parking when the charge is complete or the maximum stay time reached.
  • A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) would need to be made setting out the terms of its use i.e. maximum time a vehicle can park/charge and the associated tariffs for the electricity etc. To ensure compliance and maximising the opportunity for its use, there would need to be regular enforcement which could not be resourced, particularly within residential areas.
  • For safety reasons, we cannot support the charging of vehicles parked on-street from residential properties that would require the cable to cross the footway or carriageway and which would likely create a hazard to other road users. 

We will continue to review the overall situation, taking into account demand from residents and funding availability, including external grant funding.

If you have any further queries or would like to put forward a suggestion for a location for an on-street EV charge point please contact ltp@northyorks.gov.uk.