OLEV signals improvements
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has changed its procedures, aiming to simplify the process of grant applications.
ECA’s energy solutions advisor Luke Osborne said, “ECA was made aware of many issues with payment delays to installers from OLEV due to minor, or in many cases non-existent ‘errors’ in applications to the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS).”
In a statement to OLEV-authorised installers, OLEV said, “The changes will simplify the scheme, thereby reducing the administrative burden placed upon you. I also expect that they will speed up the processing time for claims and significantly reduce the number of rejected applications.”
The main immediate changes to the grants application process are as follows:
- Removal of the requirement to submit a V5C.
- Removal of the requirement for a delivery date for vehicles on order and the requirement that an installation must not be more than 4 months ahead of delivery.
- Removal of the requirement that customers inform the DVLA when vehicles ordered have been delivered
- Removal of the requirement for separate photographs of chargepoints and their serial numbers.
- OLEV’s electronic signature guidance has been discontinued.
- Simplification of the cost breakdown table
- Removal of the need to be approved by a manufacturer to install their equipment
- Removal of the 1st October 2016 cut off for vehicles to be eligible for the scheme. Any new installation for a customer with a vehicle purchased prior to this date will now qualify for the scheme.