Guidance

Regulations: alternative fuels infrastructure

Guidance for suppliers.

Prepare for the end of the Transition Period

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period ends on 31 December this year.

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations are not changing, however, there are some new rules from 1 January which could affect your business.

Read about the transition period

Overview

The alternative fuels, electricity and hydrogen, are being regulated to ensure the way they are supplied to vehicles or ships is consistent across the UK. This will reduce dependence on oil and the environmental impact of transport, while contributing to a low carbon economy.

The regulations ensure publicly accessible alternative fuel infrastructure for road transport complies with technical specification and customer experience standards which enable a minimum level of access and information for consumers.

The regulations also ensure shore-side electricity supply installations meet a technical specification standard.

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017 is the underpinning legislation.

What is covered?

The regulations cover technical specification and customer experience standards for:

  • electrical vehicle recharging points (recharging points)
  • hydrogen vehicle refuelling points (refuelling points)

They apply to recharging and refuelling points intended for public access, excluding those:

  • at workplaces
  • shared at residential homes
  • used in specific occupations
  • for exclusive use by a vehicle produced by a specific manufacturer

They also cover technical specification standards for shore-side electricity supply installations for sea going ships.

Who is responsible for compliance?

Infrastructure operators of the recharging or refuelling point are responsible for compliance, whether owning the asset or working on behalf of a third party, as are statutory harbour authorities operating shore-side electricity installations for sea going ships.

How do I comply?

Technical specification standards are required for alternative fuel road transport infrastructure deployed or renewed after 17 November 2017 for:

  • socket outlets and vehicle connectors at recharging points
  • vehicle connectors at refuelling points

Customer experience standards are also required for:

  • geographic location data of recharging and refuelling points made available to the public
  • intelligent metering systems incorporated into recharging points
  • ad-hoc provision enabling consumers access to a recharging point without entering into a pre-existing contract

The grace period for providing ad-hoc access to recharging points deployed on or before 17 November 2017 ended on 18 November 2018.

Technical specification standards are required for shore-side electricity supply installations for sea going ships deployed or renewed after 17 November 2017.

What is the role of the Office for Product Safety and Standards?

OPSS enforces the regulations in the UK on behalf of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for:

1) alternative fuel road transport infrastructure in relation to:

  • technical specification standards
  • customer experience standards

2) shore-side electricity supply installations in relation to:

  • technical specification standards

Where can I find out more?

Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017

Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017: guidance (PDF, 661KB, 22 pages)

National Chargepoint Registry UK

If you have a specific enquiry about compliance with the regulations, please use the contact details on our enforcement services page.

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Published 8 November 2017
Last updated 27 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. EU Exit Update

  2. Guidance on the Alternative Fuels Regulations 2017 added to help infrastructure operators and statutory harbour authorities comply with their statutory obligations.

  3. First published.