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Round-Up: ACFO hits out at PICG cut, Pavement parking consultation, 2m potholes ‘may go unrepaired’

ACFO hits out at PICG cut

2017 updated Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid - 4

ACFO has hit out at the change in the Plug-in Car Grant rate announced during yesterday’s Budget.

Caroline Sandall, the organisation’s chairman, said the £500 cut, to £3,000, will have “a huge impact on many currently popular electric cars.”

“Whilst ACFO welcomes the overall Budget Statement, any erosion of the benefits of electric vehicles will impact uptake and this £500 cut goes against the raft of ‘green’ motoring-related initiatives contained in various announcements by the Chancellor,” she said. “The Budget statement made great play on the Government ‘getting things done’ and it being a ‘Budget that delivers in challenging times’. Well this cut to the Plug-In Car Grant makes a swathe of electric vehicles more expensive and thus dilutes the benefits.”

Government to launch pavement parking consultation

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The Government is to launch a consultation on possibly banning parking on pavements following an inquiry by the Transport Committee.

According to the Transport Committee, pavement parking has a detrimental effect on people’s lives. A vehicle partially or wholly parked on a pavement creates an obstruction for those with visual or mobility impairments and those who care for others. The risks include physical dangers as well as social isolation and loneliness for those who feel unable to leave home safely.

As part of its response to the report, the Department for Transport said it would run a consultation about a national ban on pavement parking “which will increase the profile of the issue nationally.”

This will increase understanding of the consequences in rural and urban areas, while promoting understanding of the impact on daily lives, it said, however, there is no date for when the consultation will report.

Two million potholes ‘may go unrepaired’

Ford Focus pothole

Two million potholes a year may go unrepaired, even with the Government’s extra pothole funding announcement, Citroen has claimed.

According to analysis of the 2019 ALARM Survey – which is based on feedback from local authorities across England and Wales – by the car maker,  there is a £657 million shortfall in annual funding at present, the firm said.

The average unplanned repair cost of a pothole is £65.33. Even after the extra £500 million a year in added spending, local authorities could face an annual shortfall of £157 million in road maintenance budgets, which could leave 2,403,183 unrepaired potholes on English and Welsh roads, Citroen added.