Electric cars injury warning issued

Electric cars injury warning issued

An ex-roads minister claims London's local authorities will not be held to legal account in the event of injuries sustained through electric car charging points in the road or in car parks, under current proposed rules.

The London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No.2) Bill will give exemption from damages claims for authorities in the capital if something goes wrong with the charge or linking cables causing an accident or injury, said Christopher Chope.

The MP for Christchurch said the result is that councils will be in a privileged position, so would possess an unfair advantage competitively with those private firms involved in providing charging points for electric vehicles.

An accident or injury would usually mean a damages claim against the local council concerned but that authority "would be exempt from the consequent liability", said the Conservative MP.

The Bill has passed report stage in the House of Commons and will receive its third reading on October 8.

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