MPs announce inquiry on Low Carbon Vehicles

15 March 2012

Transport Committee

Select Committee Announcement

Call for Evidence: Low Carbon Vehicles

Over 90% of the UK’s domestic transport emissions come from road transport. Low carbon vehicles offer a potential means by which road transport can be decarbonised. The Government expects to see tens of thousands of plug-in vehicles on the roads by 2015 as part of its Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy. The Committee will inquire into the potential for plug-in vehicles to contribute to decarbonising transport and Government action to facilitate this.

The Committee is particularly interested in:

  • The contribution of plug-in vehicles to decarbonising transport.
  • Uptake of plug-in vehicles and how this can be improved.
  • The effectiveness of the Plugged-In Places scheme.
  • The role of plug-in vehicles alongside other technologies to reduce carbon emissions from road transport.
  • Action taken by other countries to encourage the uptake of plug-in vehicles.

We would be grateful to receive written submissions by Monday 16 April.

Note for editors:

The Government’s Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy is outlined in Making the Connection: The Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy, Office for Low Emission Vehicles, June 2011

Notes on the submission of written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Written submissions should:
  • Normally be no more than six pages, with numbered paragraphs
  • Start with a summary of the main points, preferably as bullet points
  • Be in Word format (not pdf) with as little use of colour and images as possible
  • If you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, please include a short description of the organisation

Examples of well structured pieces of written evidence are available online and can be used for guidance, see the following evidence received for our inquiry on the Draft Civil Aviation Bill: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 and Example 4.

  1.  Evidence should be submitted by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.
  2. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee’s property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. If the Committee decides to accept your contribution as evidence we will email you formally accepting it as such. You may publicise or publish your submission yourself, once you receive the formal acceptance of your evidence to the Committee. When doing so, please indicate that it has been submitted to the Committee.
  3. The Committee will usually publish the majority of written evidence that is received, but some submissions will be placed in the Parliamentary Archives for public inspection rather than being printed or published online. If you do not wish your submission to be made public, you must clearly say so, and should contact a member of staff to discuss this. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material or correspondence sent to other parties, formal submissions of evidence should be original work produced for the Committee and not published elsewhere.
  4. Committee staff are happy to give more detailed guidance on giving evidence to a select committee, or further advice on any aspect of the Committee’s work, by phone or e-mail.

Additional information on submitting evidence to a Select Committee is available online in the House of Commons Guide to Witnesses (PDF PDF 1.25 MB).

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