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Fines will be applied to any vehicle that parks in the space without charging

If you've ever pulled into a gas station to fill up your car only to be stymied by someone who filled up their car and then went into the store to shop, you know how irritating it can be to be blocked from refueling. Apparently, Washington EV drivers are fed up with gasoline-powered vehicles using parking spaces in front of malls/shopping centers equipped with electric chargers and specially designated for electric vehicles.

The irritation for many electric vehicle owners is that there is currently no incentive in place to prevent gasoline-powered vehicle drivers from hogging spaces equipped with electric vehicle chargers.
The problem, however, is now being addressed by the Washington State Legislature with a new bill proposed last month that would impose a fine of $124 on drivers who park in a designated charging station without charging a vehicle. Lawmakers in the House approved the fine by a vote of 84-12. The fine had previously been approved by the state Senate and now goes to the governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

The fine won't only apply to gasoline vehicles that park in charging station spaces. Even electric vehicles parked in the charging station space, but not charging will be subject to the $124 fine. The bill also requires charging stations be marked with a vertical sign and green pavement making them marked in a similar method as handicapped spots.

The Obama administration is betting big on advanced powertrain technologies for automobiles, including fully electric vehicles. The administration last week announced a 75 percent increase in funding for vehicle research.

Source: Oregon Live

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RE: I have a question...
By Brandon Hill on 4/16/2013 10:54:46 AM , Rating: 3
Why would an EV driver need to pull in front of a gas pump in the first place, or go to a gas station at all (with the exception of the Volt).

With that said, public EV charging stations are usually on the front row or near the storefront of a business -- same goes for handicap parking spaces. Inconsiderate drivers often just try to park as close as possible with little regard for those "specially designated" spots (Handicap, EV charging, Employee of the Month, Expecting Mothers, etc).

RE: I have a question...
By FITCamaro on 4/16/2013 12:47:32 PM , Rating: 1
Because people go to gas stations for reasons other than gas and not all gas stations have plenty of parking spaces.

RE: I have a question...
By theapparition on 4/17/2013 10:04:27 AM , Rating: 2
But apparently there's no shortage of inconsiderate people.

The thought would never cross my mind to park at a pump when I don't need to fill up.

Seriously, do you do this? It speaks volumes on character of those who do.

RE: I have a question...
By corduroygt on 4/16/13, Rating: -1
RE: I have a question...
By theapparition on 4/17/2013 10:07:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why stop at handicapped then since you're such a rebel?

RE: I have a question...
By vol7ron on 4/16/2013 4:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
So there wouldn't be a problem if you made EV charging spots the furthest from the store?

RE: I have a question...
By JesterDay on 4/17/13, Rating: 0
RE: I have a question...
By GTVic on 4/17/2013 4:22:32 PM , Rating: 2
Security for one, the more remote the charging station, the more likely it will be vandalized or stolen.

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