KUALA LUMPUR: A circular is being drafted on the setting up of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in residential areas across the country, says Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming.
He said in a parliamentary reply on Tuesday (May 23) that the document is being finalised at the ministry level and will be presented at the National Council for Local Government Meeting in June.
“The circular will include the application procedure (including) installation of the EV charging stations and the local council approval period.
“It will outline the minimum requirements for the parking spaces at EV charging stations for all types of existing housing including multi-storey or high-density housing developments.
“The circular will be adopted by the respective agencies at the federal, state and local council level as well as industry players to encourage the use of EV and reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.
Lee Chean Chung (PH-Petaling Jaya) had asked about the government’s steps to mandate the installation of EV charging stations at highrise buildings or residential areas and efforts to help with the process.
Lee also commented that fire risk and other safety aspects should be considered.
The MP shared his comments about the minister’s reply on Twitter on Wednesday (May 24), saying that approval from the Fire and Rescue Department to install the charging stations in buildings or underground car parks would be challenging.
“I call on the ministry to coordinate the guidelines or procedure with the Fire and Rescue Department so that the country’s main agenda (to reduce carbon footprint) would not be slowed,” he said.