West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is seeking the installation of more electric car charging bays across West Lancashire.
The issue has come to light after a constituent who owns electric vehicles contacted Rosie to raise the issue of the lack of charging bays in West Lancashire.
MP Rosie has written to Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to highlight the issue and ask that the councils look at installing more charging bays.
Rosie has also written to supermarket chains Tesco and Asda who both have large stores and car parks in the area.
Whilst the supermarkets are still some way off offering charging bays at their stores in West Lancashire, West Lancashire Borough Council have confirmed that they will be installing three charging points across the borough.
Lancashire County Council have also responded positively with their sights set on bidding for some of the £500m of government funding made available to support the Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle market, with record sales of electric cars now being recorded.
MP Rosie said:
“Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles sales are now over 1% and rising, but at the moment there are very few places to recharge the vehicle.
“More needs to be done to support drivers who are choosing to drive vehicles with lower emissions.
“It is encouraging to hear that Lancashire County Council is looking at ways of providing a network of charging points, and that further funding could be secured through new investment, which it will be bidding for.
“Whilst it is unfortunate that Tesco and Asda cannot confirm the installation of charging bays at their stores in the near future, it is great to hear that West Lancashire Borough Council will be installing charging points.”