New Fines for Drivers Who Block EV Charging Bays

The Queensland Government will introduce a set of new road rules this week, one of which will see motorists banned from parking in an electric vehicle (EV) charging bay, unless they are charging their own car.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the rule followed feedback from EV owners who were unable to access public chargers because a non-EV had illegally parked in the spot – a major pain point for the growing number of EV drivers across the state.

“There are now 7,110 registered electric cars on our roads, which is up by 1,605 per cent since 2017 (as at 31 December 2021),” said Mr Bailey.

“I’ve travelled across Queensland and have heard firsthand from EV owners that they often can’t get into their charging spots due to other cars using them for parking, which is why we’ll be firmly cracking down on this behaviour.”

Those found breaking the rule could face a maximum penalty of $2,757 or be slapped with a penalty infringement notice worth $55.

“You can’t leave your car parked at a petrol pump, so why should EV charging bays be any different,” Mr Bailey continued.

The offence is listed in a new regulation that introduces a range of road rules, another being the banning of U-turns at children’s crossings, level crossings, marked foot crossings and pedestrian crossings unless there is a “U-turn permitted” sign.

Mr Bailey said in most cases, the changes that the government had made to the road rules were “minor” or clarified the “existing intent of the rules.”

Drivers caught breaking the U-turn rule will face penalties of up to $2,757 or penalty infringement notices of $110, along with two demerit points on their licence.

“I’d encourage Queenslanders to do the right thing on our roads and they won’t have to worry about any fines.”

The new rules are expected to come into effect from 4 February 2021.

For information on road rules and penalties visit http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/

Sources:

Queensland Government | New fines introduced at electric charging stations

Courier Mail | Queensland government introduces new road rules, big fines

31 January 2022

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