Electric Taxis exempt from higher tax as UK moves towards net zero

The Government has announced a new legislation that will mean that electric taxis will be exempt from higher tax rates as the UK moves towards net zero. This announcement is the next step in the government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 by reducing costs for taxi drivers and companies who purchase zero-emission capable taxis over conventional petrol or diesel models.

What are your thoughts, do you think the UK will be net zero by 2050? Will electric taxis help us reach our goal?

Read the full article here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/electric-taxis-exempt-from-higher-tax-rates-as-uk-moves-towards-net-zero


New Requirements for Electric Chargepoints Announced

  • From the 1st July, all government-funded chargepoints must use innovative ‘smart’ technology which could keep costs down for consumers
  • New regulations contribute to the government’s net zero emissions target and ambition for future transport to be cheaper and greener
  • Announcement follows the UK becoming the first G7 country to legislate for zero net emissions

Roads Minister Michael Ellis announced on the 24th June that all government-funded home chargepoints installed in the future must be ‘smart’.

From the 1st July 2019, all chargepoints backed by the government’s Electric Homecharge Scheme (OLEV) must have the ability to be remotely accessed and capable of receiving, interpreting and reacting to a signal. The reasoning behind the introduction of smart charging is that it can reduce high peaks of electricity demands and minimise the impact of electric vehicles on the electricity systems.

Source: GOV.uk

Around 200 chargepoint models, from around 25 chargepoint manufacturers have been confirmed as eligible after 1st July, and are marked accordingly on the government’s online chargepoint model approval list.

Following the release of the government’s Road to Zero strategy, which outlined the ambition for all future transport to be safer and more accessible, the UK has had a record level of ultra-low emission vehicle registered. The measures outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy amount to nearly £1.5 billion of investment and represent one of the world’s most comprehensive packages of support for zero-emission vehicles.

This is an exciting step for the future of electric charging points and vehicles, read the full article here:   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-requirements-for-electric-chargepoints-as-country-moves-towards-net-zero


Walk to School Week

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Walk to School Week is an annual initiative run by Living Streets which aims to encourage walking amongst children. This year the initiative will be taking place between the 20th-24th May but it’s no ordinary Walk to School Week…this year Living Streets will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the event and would love as many pupils as possible to join in the fun.

Every year there’s a theme, and for 2019 Living Streets will be taking pupils on a special walking journey re-tracing the steps of their greatest achievements over the course of the last 90 years. The classrooms packs and activities have been designed to make pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they’ll experience first hand the importance of walking to school.

Why the Walk to School Matters!

  1. Happier Children: It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
  2. Less Congestion: During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.
  3. Cleaner Air: The school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Imagine what we could achieve if we began converting some of these rides to strides.


To download your ‘Family Walk to School Kit‘ and join the one million pupils already enjoying the benefits of walking to school across the UK, visit the Living Streets Website


Winchester City Council Approves Movement Strategy

The document, which sets out the future vision for getting around the city was approved by city councillors and includes plans to:

  • Increase capacity for park and ride services;
  • Give buses priority over cars through measures such as bus gates in Southgate Street and Chesil Street, and bus lanes on Andover Road;
  • Consolidate parking in larger out-of-city-centre car parks rather than increasing city centre spaces;
  • Enhance cycling and pedestrian routes across the city with a “reallocation of road space along the full length of North Walls”; and
  • Change parts of the one-way system.

In the short term, £500,000 has been set aside for the strategy, which will go towards implementing bus priority measures, increasing park and ride capacity to up to 3,000 spaces and improving cycling and pedestrian spaces in the city.

Winchester Traffic

The strategy will help to encourage the uptake of sustainable transport modes and reduce traffic within the city centre. For more information on the Winchester Movement Strategy, please visit:



The Department for Transport has announced a £23 million funding boost

The Department for Transport has announced a £23 million investment to rejuvenate cycling and walking across the UK. £21 million will be going towards improving significant on and off-road stretches of the 16,000-mile National Cycle Network. The remaining £2 million will be used to encourage more people to walk and cycle, helping greener travel choices become the norm.

Communities across England will be able to benefit from the upgrades made to existing routes and the increased cycle connectivity, to help create a safe, accessible and traffic-free network on the doorstop of millions of people. With growing concerns surrounding air pollution, investing in greener forms of transport is becoming increasingly important.

Link to the full article here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/23-million-government-funding-boost-to-cycling-and-walking-nationwide

Chinese Electrics Buses making a dent in Worldwide Oil Demand

With electric cars gaining popularity, its effect on global oil demand is also increasing, however new research suggests that electric buses have made a much bigger dent in oil demand since implementation.

Electric vehicles have displaced approximately 3% of total oil consumption growth (since 2011) with more than ¾ of oil displacement attributed to electric buses. Research suggests that for every 1,000 buses, 500 diesel barrels are displaced every day. The same number of electric cars only displaces 15 barrels a day.

Most of this uptake has occurred in China, with 99% of the world’s electric buses (385,000 buses) being located and used in China. The City of Shenzhen, for example, completely electrified their 16,000 bus fleet in 2017, which has dramatically aided in the reduction in oil demand.


Overall gas and diesel displacement will increase 96,000 barrels a day due to electric vehicles, making the lost cumulative demand 352,000 barrels a day since 2011. However global oil demand is still rising, growing 12 million barrels a day over the same time span. In the future, with uptake and advanced technology, electric vehicles could displace 6.4 million barrels of demand each day by 2040.

China, is not the only country making a move towards electric transport, with Delhi in India ordering 1,000 electric buses, noting that this will be the “largest commitments so far by any Indian city and from any city outside of China”.

As a whole 12 major global cities have agreed to buy only electric buses from 2025. This proves the trend is rising, with more uptake set to help cut air pollution and noise pollution, which not only have environmental benefits but also health benefits to cities and residents.

The full article can be found here: https://electrek.co/2019/03/20/chinese-electric-buses-oil/


Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. The Big Pedal will run between the 25th March and 5th April 2019 and Sustrans are aiming to make the Big Pedal 2019 the biggest year yet.

For the first time, walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. This challenge aims to encourage pupils, staff and parents to cycle, walk or scoot to school instead of using the car.

Individual classes or entire schools can get involved with the scheme where the aim is to record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school.

A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

Pig Pedal

For schools unable to take part in the five day event, a one-day challenge is available, which can include cycling, walking and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

The years theme is ‘Travelling around the body’, with pupils tracking their progress on a wall chart, learning about the human body and the health benefits of active travel.

To celebrate the finale of the challenge there is also the option to join in with the superhero fundraiser day, which is raising money to help Sustrans enable children to use active travel every day – making the school run safer and healthier.

All schools that are registered will be entered into daily prize draws for exciting rewards including equipment and accessories, if more than 15% of your school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge.

For more information and to register visit www.bigpedal.org.uk.