New law requires public bodies to use more electric vehicles

New law requires public bodies to use more electric vehicles

An EU directive promoting the use of electric cars by public bodies has been transposed into Irish law.

The European Communities (Clean and Energy-Efficient Road Transport Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (S.I. No. 381 of 2021) came into effect on Monday 2 August 2021.

The primary aim of the regulations is to promote the uptake of low and zero-emission vehicles by setting binding minimum targets for the share of ‘clean’ (low- and zero-emission) vehicles in procurements undertaken by public sector bodies and consequently stimulating the alternatively-fuelled vehicle market.

It applies to public procurement, including purchase, lease, rent, hire-purchase contracts and relevant services contracts. These targets are legally binding and will become more stringent from 2026.

Transport minister Eamon Ryan said: “Clean and energy-efficient vehicles are a central element in our future low-emissions transport systems. These regulations bring Ireland in line with the European Clean Vehicle Directive targets for public procurement of road transport vehicles, and a step further on the pathway to net-zero carbon by 2050.”

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