As the movement to have more electric vehicles on the road over the next few years begins to gather momentum, there is now a new law in place designed to stop gas powered car owners from parking in electric vehicle designated parking spots.
The change to the Ontario Highway Traffic act will bring a fine of $125 to Ontario drivers who park a gas powered vehicle in a place designated for electric cars. That same penalty will apply drivers of electric vehicles that park a charging station but aren’t using it.
The new fine is the result of a private member’s bill in the Ontario Legislature that was proposed by Green Party MPP and provincial part leader, Mike Schreiner.
The change to the act says vehicles in designated spots must be electric and attached to the station’s charging equipment or they could be ticked.
Schreiner said he learned people parking in electric vehicle sports is a ‘major issue’ across the province
after speaking with the president of the Electric Vehicle Society.
It is frustrating situation for electric vehicle owners as there are limited charging spots available and they are left unable to charge when another vehicle is in the spot and being used simply as a parking location.
Schreiner said his next step is to pressure the Ontario government to invest in more electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the province. That would include rolling out incentives for businesses that install electric vehicle charging facilities.
The whole place is to create an incentive for consumers to buy electric vehicles and have the confidence that they will able to charge those vehicles when they need to.
Written by Brian Lockhart