Washington State Approves $124 Fine for "Gassers" Parking at EV Charging Stations
April 16, 2013 10:15 AM
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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
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RE: I have a question...
4/16/2013 2:38:57 PM
"What gets me, is why do they give primo parking spots for EV's. They should be reserved for EV's but not up in front and close like handicapped parking. They should be out back, behind, and out of the way so EV owners can A) charge thier car and B) hide their shame... Also good for the rest of us so we dont have to see it. ;)"
As an EV driver, I totally agree with the sentiment of putting the EV parking spaces in the back. We don't need special treatment like handicapped spaces.
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