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Published on December 30th, 2014 | by James Ayre


Angry At People Who Park In Front Of EV Chargers? This Flyer Should Make You Smile

December 30th, 2014 by  

Have you ever made your way to a public EV charging station only to find that someone has parked their gas-guzzling non-EV right in front of it? Still pissed off about it? Lol, then I have just the thing for you. A kindred spirit on the Tesla Motors Club forum recently posted this wonderful print-out flyer:

ICEd EV parking flyer

Now I know what your thinking — “this will only make the person angry, and might make them key my car” — and I mostly agree. This probably isn’t a good solution to the issue. But the sentiment expressed is certainly one that I’d guess many EV users can relate to (or is that just me?!?¿¡!).

Despite the joking here, the issue discussed (often referred to as ICEing) is one that is worth discussing seriously. As two of the commenters on the original forum topic noted (tip of the hat to Barry and NigelM), while print-out flyers such as this may have some effect (whether good or bad), the only thing that really seems to motivate the majority of people on issues such as this (“educating” them, as it were) is hitting them in the pocketbook.

An approach that some states/cities/towns have started to implement. The use of fines has been historically one of the only effective ways to get people to respect disability parking spots, “don’t touch the bus driver,” etc. So, that’s where my money is, as far as selecting an effective response to ICEing.

Here’s one such law that was passed back in 2012 in Florida (as posted on the forum):

“It is unlawful for a person to stop, stand, or park a vehicle that is not capable of using an electric recharging station within any parking space specifically designated for charging a vehicle. If a law enforcement officer finds a motor vehicle in violation of this subsection, the officer or specialist shall charge the operator or other person in charge of the vehicle in violation with a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as provided in s. 316.008(4) or s. 318.18.”

Now I feel like if Florida of all places can pass a law like that, that most of the country should be able to.

What do our readers think about this whole topic? More harm than good as far as the flyer up above goes?

(A tip of the hat to AmpedRealtor for the printout flyer and forum discussion) 


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About the Author

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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