Plea for councils to take up eco funding

Councils across the country are today being encouraged to take up a £35m fund to promote the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles.

Local authorities across the UK are invited to bid for a share of the money which they can use in a range of ways, such as installing chargepoints for electric cars and introducing low emission zones.

Other measures they can use the fund for include changing planning rules to make it easier to install electric vehicle chargepoints, trialling new technology and encouraging workplace schemes.

South Yorkshire has already benefited from £250,000 to install electric vehicle chargepoints, the majority of it to Barnsley.

Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “This £35 million funding is an unequivocal signal from government that we are committed to improving air quality and making ultra low emission vehicles a practical and viable choice for more people.

“This can help to transform people’s quality of life in their cities and build a stronger economy.”