Staying abreast of changes to road rules and regulations is the most sensible way of ensuring that you avoid any unwelcome penalties or fines.

Electric vehicles are a comparatively new vehicle, and charging infrastructure continues to be rolled out UK-wide in order to meet the rising number of EVs used, as well as the government’s own Net Zero Strategy.

However, these promises are not yet being met, leading to a strain on nationwide EV charging infrastructure. In an attempt to manage this, some chargepoint operators have introduced electric car parking fines.

What kind of electric car parking fines might drivers face?

If a driver keeps their EV connected to a chargepoint long after the vehicle reaches full charge, they may now face a fine.

The introduction of a fine for drivers staying too long at an EV charging point is not entirely unprecedented. Tesla has an ‘idle fee’ for its worldwide Supercharger network, which results in users being charged for every additional minute the vehicle remains connected to the Supercharger after reaching full charge.

A similar approach is now being taken at certain other chargepoints across the UK. In Aberdeen, for example, a £30 fine will be charged to EV drivers who overstay for an hour or more at any chargepoint.

Companies like ESB Energy and Geniepoint have also introduced electric car parking fines across their chargepoints. There are concerns that these moves will put consumers off purchasing new EVs.

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