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Cars Sneak Into An EV Spot In Washington, Get A $124 Fine

Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Sneak Into An EV Spot In Washington, Get A $124 Fine

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April 18th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan 

EV parking etiquette is apparently a very complicated and controversial matter. But one thing is clear. A gasmobile should not be parking its behind in an EV’s spot.

Energy Department launches Workplace Charging Challenge for electric vehicles

Image Credit: Oregon DOT

To crack down on less than polite drivers, or at least deter them from doing something stupid, the Washington State legislature has just passed legislation that warrants slapping a $124 fine on anyone driving a vehicle that can’t plug into an electric socket but then proceeds to park in a plug-in vehicle’s special parking spot. (I know, $124 is somewhat of an odd amount for a fine, isn’t it? I guess we just have to remember that this is Washington.)

The bill was passed 7-1 (what was the EV hater’s argument against it?), but it won’t be confirmed until Governor Jay Inslee signs it into law — which he’s sure to do.

For related stories, see:

  1. New California Law Allows EVs To Be Towed For Not Charging
  2. EV Charging Etiquette

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  • arne-nl

    Thanks for the vid, very funny.

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