Electric Powered Vehicles Given Green Light On Lord Howe Island

Electric Powered Vehicles Given Green Light On Lord Howe Island

In a move which aims to reduce the environmental footprint at this World Heritage listed location, the NSW Government has approved the use of electric vehicles on Lord Howe Island.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “We have been working with the Lord Howe Island Board to develop a conditional registration scheme to help with the Island’s vision towards a more sustainable approach to travel.” 

“In line with the Island’s switch to renewable energy from next year, Roads and Maritime Services will fast-track a conditional registration scheme to allow for the broader use of electric vehicles, including golf buggies.

“Currently, residents rely on a fortnightly shipment of diesel and petrol delivered to the Island from Port Macquarie,” Mrs Williams said. 

“Residents and businesses will significantly benefit from this change, which will mean people can recharge at their own convenience, wherever and whenever they like.

“Permitting this type of vehicle on the road will also provide motorists with a cheaper ‘green’ alternative compared with other electric vehicles on the market.

“At only 15 square kilometres, the compact size of the Island means there is constant interaction between vehicle drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, which is why any golf buggy approved for general use must meet strict vehicle standards to ensure safety isn’t compromised.

“Currently there are a small number of golf buggies with conditional registration on Lord Howe  Island but travel restrictions apply,” Mrs Williams said. 

“Approved vehicles under the new arrangement will have a 25 km/h maximum speed limit and unlike arrangements in place elsewhere, there will be no distance or time limitations, they can be used day or night. Registration will cost around $60 per year.

"Care has been taken to approve the type of buggy approved for use – they must be fitted with features including head and tail lights, indicators, seat belts, headrests and rear vision mirrors.

“Allowing the use of golf buggies is a sensible approach and one I’m sure will be well received and in keeping with the Island’s move away from its reliance on fossil fuel and towards renewable energy sources,” Mrs Williams said.

The community will continue to be updated about the implementation of conditional registration which will take effect in line with the Islands rollout of the renewable energy, expected from mid 2017. 

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