The Welsh Government has failed to see the light and support the move to electric vehicles, according to Conservative opposition.
The Welsh Conservatives have discovered that there is just one lamppost charging point in the entirety of Wales, three years after the issue was raised.
This was confirmed by the Labour Deputy Minister for Transport in a written question response to the Welsh Conservatives.
Commenting on the Written Question response she has received, Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, said, “In 2020 I urged the Labour Government to investigate how it could support the conversion of publicly available lampposts into electric car charging points. Three years on it is a disgrace that there is only one in the whole of Wales.
“When considering that London already has at least 7,000, the Labour Government has no excuse for the lack of provision here.
“Rather than wait for a feasibility study, the Deputy Minister should act decisively so that residents without off-street parking have access to lamppost charging.”
Shadow Minister for Transport, Natasha Asghar MS, added, “It’s incredibly frustrating, but hardly surprising, that Wales has only one lamppost charging point given we are drastically lagging behind other countries when it comes to installing basic electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“I have no doubt more people would look at switching to greener methods of transport, such as electric vehicles, if it was practical but sadly Labour Minister in Cardiff Bay are all talk and no action – as is often the case.
“We need to see the Labour Government get into gear with electric vehicle charging devices – including lamppost charging points – rolled out at speed because time really is of the essence, especially if Wales needs between 30,000 – 50,000 charging points by 2030 as the Labour Government predicts.”