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Published on April 18th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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

April 18th, 2013 by  


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.

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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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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



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