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Consultation launched on drones and EV charging infrastructure

Drone delivery

The Government has launched a consultation on delivery drones and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps set out proposals today (September 28) on maximising the opportunities of emergening aviationg technology including drones and expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the UK.

The proposals being considered are plans for an ‘expansive’ charge point network that would support more charge points along motorways, streets, and popular destinations to make them more accessible, as well as helping to ensure they are inclusively designed, the Government said.

The UK will also be able to implement tougher environmental standards for new vehicles, it said.

Shapps said: “On our roads EVs are set to become the norm within the decade, on our seas autonomous and remotely operated vessels will increase efficiency and improve safety, and in our skies drones and novel aircraft will transform the way people and goods move around.

“Supporting these innovations will not only ensure high standards for consumers but also create a research-friendly environment so we can continue being world leaders in transport.

“We will create a safer, greener transport system that attracts investment and supports skilled jobs across the country.”

The consultation will also look at how a flexible legislative and regulatory framework could bring new aviation technology to market in a safe, secure and sustainable way, it said.

Government said it will create new opportunities in aviation, such as supporting the routine use of drones for deliveries, surveying, data collection and search-and-rescue missions.

Research suggests that the drone economy alone could be worth up to £42 billion to the UK by 2030.

In maritime, the Government is looking to create a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure that autonomous and remotely operated vessels can be operated safely in UK waters.

Building on the views expressed in the consultation, the Government will bring forward final proposals on the Future of Transport.

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on November 22.

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