However, it is common sense not to park in front of a charging station without using it. However, some motorists seem not to have assimilated the thing yet.
Imagine, you only have 5 or 10% battery left and you are looking for a terminal to be able to recharge your vehicle. You start an application (or your car’s GPS) that shows you nearby terminals. Fortunately, the bollard is operational, unless another vehicle improperly occupies the space in front, without using the bollard.
Behind this little fiction, there is an experience common to many electric vehicle drivers who use public terminals occasionally or regularly. However, this is a situation that does not occur in front of a gasoline pump. While there are still very few charging stations, it’s not uncommon to see EV owners expressing exasperation with poorly parked vehicles in front of the stations. What does the Highway Code say about it?
From the ticket to the embargo due to parking inconvenience
Without offending those who consider the spaces in front of the terminals as normal parking lots, this is not what the highway code says.
The Highway Code evolves with use, and according to the adage ” No one is supposed to ignore the law. you have to consider the changes of this. Inevitably, for people who approved their license a long time ago, it is not always easy to stay informed about changes in the Highway Code. However, when it comes to charging stations and parking, it is often in bad faith rather than actual ignorance of the rules.
For those who are aware, article R417-10 of the Highway Code deals well with the issue of exclusive charging places: ” Parking a vehicle is also considered an obstacle to public traffic. […] Compared to devices designed to recharge electric vehicles “.
The consequences of such inconvenient parking, according to the same article of the Highway Code, are the following: The improper arrests or parking provided for in this article will be sanctioned with the fine provided for second-class fines. When the driver or owner of the vehicle is absent or refuses, despite the request of the agents, to put an end to the inconvenient parking, immobilization and seizure may be prescribed.. »
For improperly parking in a space in front of a charging station, you can collect a 2nd class fine, i.e. a fixed fine of €35 (reduced to €22 and increased to €75), which, in the event of a repeat offence, can reach €150. It is the same penalty as if you parked in a delivery place, for example.
Fines and liens remain rare. However, they could quickly multiply as cities realize the financial mana this can represent in the public domain. It should be noted that the article of the Highway Code also applies to charging stations located in private car parks open to the public, such as in commercial areas. The steps can be longer, but a problem vehicle can easily be removed there for a pound.
Unplugged electric vehicles are also affected
If the lack of civility usually comes from thermal vehicles, we can see that some electric vehicles also use places in front of the terminals without plugging in to start a recharge.
Their owners are as punishable as those of thermal vehicles. Beyond the penalty defined by the Traffic Code, it is quite incomprehensible that drivers of electric vehicles use these places as acquired advantages, making it easier for them to find a parking space, forgetting those who may have a vital need for recharging. These places are not places reserved for electric vehicles, but places reserved for charging an electric vehicle.
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