An electric car scheme funded with thousands of pounds of public money is struggling after just one driver signed up to use it.Not that it’s going to stop them throwing yet more good money after bad. As Mummylonglegs points out, that's not something councils need to worry about at all:
Transport for London poured almost £100,000 into the initiative in Haringey, which offers 12 charging points in car parks to encourage owners to switch from petrol and diesel.
It was hoped that hundreds of drivers would ditch the combustion engine for eco-friendly electric models to reduce the borough's carbon footprint.
But today Haringey council called the pilot “disappointing” and admitted that only one resident had paid the scheme's £50 annual registration fee since it was set up last October.
A Freedom of Information response from Haringey revealed that TfL put in £63,175 over the past two years and despite the poor uptake has committed a further £30,000 for next year.Well, it’s only taxpayer’s money, isn’t it? It’s not like there’s a new regime, or anything, is there?
A Haringey spokesman confirmed that the money will be used to install eight more vehicle-charging points across the borough. The new chargers will take up double the space.I’m sure that’ll make all the difference…
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