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Chris Grayling was named the new Transport Secretary in the swift cabinet reshuffle that occurred once Prime Minister Teresa May took power.
With responsibility for addressing air quality problems and carbon reduction targets, Grayling is taking the green transport agenda ahead, including the ambitious target for ‘nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050.’
Heading up the Department for Transport, he will control where exactly the money announced by the Chancellor will go, although, not much further has been said on the matter. But £290m has been earmarked for cleaner buses and taxis, EV charging, and the development of advanced renewable fuels.
Grayling put out a consultation in October last year on ways to make electric vehicle chargepoints more widely available and convenient for motorists. One of the points for discussion was how to make sure EV drivers can access all charge points without the need for multiple memberships from individual providers – which will surely bring a sigh of relief for electric vehicles owners.
The measures are due to be included in the Modern Transport Bill, which is due to be published early this year. Connectivity and autonomous vehicles also form a large part of the Modern Transport Bill. At the Conservative Party conference last year Grayling praised the technology, saying it will “transform” the lives of the elderly and disabled.
Grayling previously held the position of Shadow Transport Secretary as part of David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet while in opposition.