A LONDON resident was left devastated after a neighbor’s car was left permanently in a local electric vehicle charging bay, preventing anyone else from accessing the space.
Billy Gater of Croydon took to a local Facebook page to complain about the actions of the resident, who he claims permanently left a silver Kia Optima in the electric vehicle charging port compartment.
According to Gater, that means no one with an electric vehicle can charge their car.
The government is keen to encourage the use of electric cars, but Neighbor dispute highlight potential problems with the infrastructure needed to make the transition possible.
Mr. Gater said: “This car still exists. At this charging point in St Luke’s Close Addiscombe every four or five days.
“It’s supposed to be his own personal parking space.”
Can you park at electric charging points?
One person on the Facebook group pointed out that vehicle owners “have the right” to park there if the vehicle is taxed and insured.
Another replied: “Legally you are right. However, it is completely selfish to prevent others from charging their car.”
Other locals weighed in, too, with one posting: “Looks like we need some kind of time limit at street toll booths.”
The second added: “It has to be a limited-time bay.”
Another Facebook user concurred, saying: “Totally selfish to do that.”
If the tollgate is on a public road, it may not be illegal to park there, as long as there are no other parking restrictions.
But it has the potential to prevent others from using the charging point.
How easy is it to find somewhere to charge an electric vehicle?
Charging points are increasingly sought after as electric vehicle sales have increased by 75% in the UK in the past year.
However, only 21 out of 400 councils in the UK offer free charging bays according to British Gas research.
Lucy Simpson, head of tram support, said: “The latest figures released today show the need for all UK councils to support the transition. change to electric car.
“We currently have 21 progressive councils that have decided to support the local adoption of EVs, so we expect more EVs entering these areas than councils. expensive cost”.
The study also revealed that half of motorists would consider buying an electric vehicle as their next vehicle.
However, almost a third (29%) cite expensive public charging as one of the biggest barriers to switching to electric vehicles, along with the cost of cars and the fact that incentives government is not enough to cover the costs.
More than two in five (42%) drivers stop converting because they are concerned about charging time.
Ms. Simpson noted that although the government offers certain financial incentives at the time of vehicle purchase, charging costs remain a barrier to electric vehicle adoption.
“If charging does not become more accessible in these regions, we could see a slower rate of adoption.
“It’s not fair that people who don’t live in free or low-cost areas are discriminated against based on their address.
“If this continues, we risk leaving behind a large number of drivers in the transition to electric cars.”
How can the dispute be resolved?
Residents can decide to take the matter to their local council, although unless there is a breach of parking restrictions, no action will be taken.
They’d best bet it to appeal to the driver’s good nature and make them realize that they’re in a place dedicated to charging.
Tesco recently topped the list of the best supermarkets for electric car drivers.
But many Britons worry that green solutions like electric cars will make life more expensive overall.
A third of people say they are inspired by their neighbours’ green devices.
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