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Allow electric cars in bus lanes with cyclists, says Fianna Fail

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018

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How many cyclists in Ireland would be willing to share the bus lanes with electric cars if the environment was better off as a result? Fianna Fail is pressing for the measure. It says it would incentivise more people to ditch petrol and diesel vehicles.

 

Allow electric cars in bus lanes, says Fianna Fail

 

Fianna Fail has said motorists in electric cars should be allowed to use bus lanes. The move would mean more vehicles sharing the space with cyclists, buses and taxis.

Fianna Fáil spokesman on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Timmy Dooley TD said sales of electric cars had been slow in Ireland to date.

He believed if those driving the cars were allowed to use bus lanes, sales of such vehicles would increase.

Mr Dooley was speaking after the Government introduced a grant of up to €600 for installing electric car charging points in homes.

Using bus lanes would prove much faster for electric vehicle owners, especially during rush hour traffic in major towns and cities.

Mr Dooley said Minister Denis Naughten needed to introduce a range of measures to encourage people away from petrol and diesel vehicles towards more sustainable alternatives.

“Many people who have considered moving to electric vehicles have failed to do so,” he said.

“They are worried that the investment in the fast-charging network will not continue, leaving them with an unreliable mode of transport.

“Access to bus lanes to encourage uptake of electric vehicles in cities also needs to be addressed.”

He also suggested a five-year exemption from motor tax and tolls for electric vehicle owners.

The charging point network, he said, needed to be improved to make the vehicles more viable for long and varied journeys.

“Ireland’s current target under the EU Renewable Energy Supply Directive is to ensure that 10 per cent of its transport energy comes from renewable sources by 2020,” he said.

“Unless we dramatically increase the widespread use of electric vehicles, Ireland risks failing to meet this target and will be subject to fines from the European Commission.”

What do you think? Would you be in favour of sharing bus lanes with electric vehicles if it encouraged a shift towards electric vehicles?

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