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Council Get Innovative Car

Friday April 19 2013


Roy Miller in the Nissan Leaf Roy Miller in the Nissan Leaf


BARNSLEY Council staff will be able to make use of a new electric car - thanks to a successful funding bid.

Last year the council was invited by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to bid for funding that would enable the purchase of an electric vehicle for council staff to use as a pool car.

In November, Defra informed the council that it had secured £14,470 to use towards the purchase of this electric vehicle.

In addition, the Air Quality and Climate Group, which forms a part of the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan partnership, agreed to provide £7,235.

This vehicle - a Nissan Leaf - arrived earlier this month is now available to use by staff based in either Westgate or Gateway Plaza.

The innovative Leaf costs 2p per mile to run, compared with 13p per mile for a petrol vehicle and isn't charged for road tax due to its zero carbon emission.

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “This is a very welcome addition to Barnsley Council’s fleet of vehicles. Not only will it be a great benefit to staff but it’s a further cleaner, greener step towards the council’s carbon neutral ambition.”

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Reply Posted by ET on Friday April 19 2013 at 16:20
How many more perks for councillors when the rest of the councils budget is cash strapped!!!!

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday April 20 2013 at 03:46
Surprise,suprise yet another "media" opportunity for councillor Miller

Reply Posted by les on Sunday April 21 2013 at 09:52
There is no sure fire way of saving the world by spending £14000 on one car although there is one way......plug all the councilors into the socket.....

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday April 22 2013 at 09:01
Has the council ever considered using public transport. Or is it just for the plebs?

Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday April 23 2013 at 11:42
This car is for the use of visiting staff, not councillors. It will save money on mileage expenses. As for public transport many people in the council don't drive, so what do you think they use?! Find something useful to complain about... And in case you hadn't noticed the money had come from grants and donations from other organisations.

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday April 25 2013 at 20:07
can anyone explain what good is an electric car anyway?..these cars are supposed to be eco friendly. so..where do the batteries go when they are knackered?...is that going to be an eco friendly battery fettling station.

Reply Posted by ian on Thursday April 25 2013 at 21:39
is this part of my council tax bill ??? if so you can pick me up monday morning for my lift to work so i can pay for more of your council perks !!