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New law: Illegally parking in electric-vehicle charging spot will cost $124


Gov. Jay Inslee signs into law a bill that creates a parking infraction for parking in a spot designated as an electric charging station. The sign at right will be used to designate such parking stations.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill Tuesday that creates a parking infraction for anyone who parks a non-electric vehicle in a parking spot designated as an electric-vehicle charging station. A violation will cost $124.

“We have parking spaces intended for recharging electric vehicles, and the state is actually funding them at certain locations; yet cars with internal-combustion engines are parked in those spots,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue. “When it comes to electric vehicles, they need those spaces.

“So what this bill does, modeled on our handicapped parking spaces, is require a vertical sign identifying each electric-charging station to provide notice that the space is only for electric vehicles that are charging.”

The bill creates a parking infraction with a penalty of $124 for any person parking a vehicle in an electric-vehicle charging station if the vehicle is not connected to the charging equipment. The parking infraction applies to both public and private electric-vehicle charging stations.

The new law goes into effect July 28.



5 Comments to “New law: Illegally parking in electric-vehicle charging spot will cost $124”

    west side tim said:
    May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Great, so they get free power from the taxpayers at charging stations and free parking, all while not paying any tax on gas to maintain the roads they drive on.

      Kenneth Toole said:
      May 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Florida has had a similar statute in place since 2012. It hasn’t gotten much coverage, most law enforcement & parking enforcement staffers are ignorant of its existence. So, it doesn’t get much enforcement and ICE’ing is still rampant. A tow away zone needs to be established at all charging stations, one with enforcement in the hands of the public through a number to call to prompt an impounding of the offenders vehicle.

    Eric said:
    August 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Talk about ignorant! Nearly all of these Chargers are pay-per-use. We have an account and card, swipe the card and it activates the charger. We PAY for the use of these. When an ICE vehicle parks in these spots it actually takes money away from the taxpayers, who reap a small percentage of the sales tax added to each single-use charge.

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