There are two electric vehicle (EV) charge carparks on Ardmore Street. During busy hours, other cars have frequently parked in those spaces much to the ire of EV owners who need to charge their vehicles but have been blocked from reaching the charger.
In one episode last week, the driver of a normal combustion vehicle was caught parking in the EV space and when confronted by the owner of an EV vehicle, simply said “I don’t care” and walked off.
Council has confirmed that parking in an EV charge station will incur an immediate $40 fine and the car may also be towed if it is blocking an EV from being able to charge.
Rebecca Pitts from Queenstown Lakes District Council says EV owners should call council immediately if they are being unnecessarily blocked from charging so that a warden can be called to the scene to either issue a fine or arrange for the vehicle to be towed.
Pictured: Non-EV cars parking in EV charge parks, will be fined and/or towed.