Hawaii Cracking Down on Electric Vehicle Parking Violators
Several state are now stepping up to combat those illegal parkers who prevent electric vehicle owners from getting a public charge when needed.
The latest state to crackdown on this is Hawaii and for good reason. Hawaii is now home to more than 1,550 plug-in vehicles and growing.
It’s one of the biggest complaints the state received from people who drive electric vehicles: others parking in their charging stations when they’re not supposed to.
State Senator Mike Gabbard is behind the push to get these violators, as he own a Nissan LEAF that’s been ICE’d on several occasions. Quoting Gabbard:
“I was kind of running low on juice and I live close by, but I needed to get a charge but spaces were being used but they weren’t EVs. I kind of waited and came back and the guy was not very nice.”
Let the crackdown begin. In Hawaii, it is now illegal to ICE an electric vehicle-only parking/charging spot. Fines for violators go as high as $100 and Hawaii officials say that the police will enforce this new law, which you can read in its entirety below:
Hawaii Revised Statutes §291-71 Designation of parking spaces for electric vehicles; charging system. (a) Places of public accommodation with at least one hundred parking spaces available for use by the general public shall have at least one parking space exclusively for electric vehicles and equipped with an electric vehicle charging system located anywhere in the parking structure or lot by July 1, 2012; provided that no parking space designated for electric vehicles shall displace or reduce accessible stalls required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. Spaces shall be designated, clearly marked, and the exclusive designation enforced. Owners of multiple parking facilities within the State may designate and electrify fewer parking spaces than required in one or more of their owned properties; provided that the scheduled requirement is met for the total number of aggregate spaces on all of their owned properties.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
“Electric vehicle” means:
(1) A neighborhood electric vehicle as defined in section 286-2; or
(2) A vehicle, with four or more wheels, that draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least four kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity that can be recharged from an external source of electricity.
“Electric vehicle charging system” means a system that:
(1) Is capable of providing electricity from a non-vehicle source to charge the batteries of one or more electric vehicles;
(2) Meets recognized standards, including standard SAE J1772 of SAE International; and
(3) Is designed and installed in compliance with article 625 of the National Electrical Code.
“Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as that provided in section 489-2. [L 2009, c 156, pt of §4; am L 2012, c 89, §2]