The government has said it will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2035, because it wants to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions.
This means that people will only be able to buy electric or hydrogen cars and vans. Electric cars and vans help with cutting air pollution and CO2 emissions from road transport. They also help cut noise pollution as they are quieter to run.
What are we doing to promote electric vehicles
Electric vehicle charging points are being installed at a number of car parks across the borough and we plan to introduce more soon. Most are in areas where many residents don’t have access to off-street parking and may wish to park their vehicles to charge overnight. The chargers will also be available to anyone visiting these local centres and attractions during the day.
Charging will cost 30p per kilowatt. Users can download the Shell Recharge app to their smartphone or scan the QR code on each charger to pay online. A telephone payment service is also available for those unable to use the smartphone app.
The car parks with new charge points are:
- Bank Street Car Park, Cudworth
- Churchfields Car Park, Town Centre
- Duke Street Car Park, Hoyland
- Elsecar Heritage Centre Car Park, Elsecar
- Queen Street Car Park, Goldthorpe
- Sackville Street Car Park, Town Centre
- Shrewsbury Road Car Park, Penistone
- Summer Lane Car Park, Wombwell
- Wombwell Park and Ride
Some of these are already installed with others coming in October 2021.
We've introduced a new fleet of hybrid vehicles which will be used for our large item collection service to encourage residents to recycle their household goods, reduce fly-tipping, while reducing carbon emissions.
We also ask some developers to provide electric car charging points when they apply for planning permission to the council for new developments.
The new charging points will help work towards this and add to a growing network of charge points across Barnsley and the UK.
For more information see our EV frequently asked questions.
Grants available for electric cars
The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). Find out more on GOV.UK electric vehicle grant scheme.
Charging points located in Barnsley
You can see where the charging points are in Barnsley by using Zap Map.
We have over 30 e-bikes for loan at the Active Travel Hub.