Illinois “Anti-ICEing” Law Signed

AUG 14 2015 BY JAY COLE 26

Few places have laws against blocking an EV charging station with a non-electric vehicle. This is called “ICEing” by frustrated EV drivers. Thanks to a call from one of those frustrated drivers to his state representative, Illinois now has a law to fine and tow those ICE cars that block EV charging spots.

Enforceable at Public and Private Parking Areas

Effective January 1, 2016, any non-electric vehicle that is blocking a designated charging station can be towed and the owner fined $75. The penalty will apply on public and private parking areas open to the public.

Editor’s Note:  Our thanks to Lanny Hartmann for penning this article for us.  Lanny runs, a website that delivers news about electric car charging stations in DC, Maryland, Virginia & beyond.  We encourage readers in the area to check it out!

Signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Illinois Looks To Keep EV Charging Spots Open For...EVs Only

Illinois Looks To Keep EV Charging Spots Open For…EVs Only

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the “Anti-ICEing” legislation (HB-0198) on July 29, 2015 after it passed both houses of the legislature in May.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Robyn Gabel who told Chicago Channel 7 News, “A constituent called our office and was very upset. He said he went to park his electric vehicle in Northbrook in a parking lot where they had a charging station and there were non-electric vehicles parked in the spot. We did some research and we found that, in reality, no, most places do not have a fine for parking non-electric vehicles in electric parking spots. So we developed some legislation and passed it.”

Fines up to $100 by Local Municipalities

The new law will allow local municipalities to impose an even greater fine of up to $100 and says that the quality of the signage is not an excuse if a reasonable person would be made aware by the sign or markings that the space is for electric vehicles only.

“It shall not be a defense to a charge under this Section that the sign or notice posted at the electric vehicle charging station or the designated parking space does not comply with applicable rules, regulations, or local ordinances, if a reasonable person would be made aware by the sign or notice on or near the parking space that the space is reserved for electric vehicles.”

One Person Made a Difference

It’s important to note that an individual EV driver started the ball rolling on this law with just one well-placed phone call. Few jurisdictions in the U.S. have laws to prohibit non-electric cars from parking at EV charging stations however, there are plenty of EV drivers who are frustrated and angry about getting ICEd. The response of Illinois Rep. Robyn Gabel may inspire more EV drivers to contact their elected representatives and ask for similar legislation.

Starting January 1, 2016 people who park non-electric vehicles in spots reserved for an electric vehicle charging station in Illinois will be subject to a minimum $75 fine and get their car towed.

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It helps when our state senator drives a Tesla

It is not difficult to convince municipalities to enhance their incomes by adding parking fines. I don’t know, but I suspect the return is very good.

In addition it should be illegal to “ice” an ev parking spot and there should be a fine. The legal precedent is also important.

If a charging station is blocked, the owners of charging station are loosing customers. If the customer can’t get to the charging station the owner makes no money. No proffits no charging station.

Yep. I’ve had that conversation with some ICE-holes that thought it was OK to park there. I said besides being inconsiderate to EV drivers, it also amounts to theft.

I would give them a 2 minutes penalty in the box for icing but that ain’t in the rules. 😉

+1 hockey fan

Good we need something similar in Florida. The fines collected should be used to pay for road maintenance.


If Lanny Hartmann “penned the article for you”, shouldn’t his name be the author’s instead of Jay Cole’s?

Using the “reasonable person standard” makes this law vague and will waste court time with people trying to convince the judge that the signage didn’t give a reasonable person adequate notice. Really, how hard would it have been to define a minimum standard into the law?

Also, does the law address EVs parked at a spot, but not charging?

That’s where these conversations usually turn.

* What if the EV isn’t plugged in?
* What if it’s plugged in but done charging?

One solution – charging station or vehicle notifies owner (and parking enforcement) when charging is complete.

If vehicle isn’t moved within 30 mins, it gets fined/towed too.

That’ll get rid of those pesky Prius (and to a lesser degree, Leafs) hogging charging stations for hours.

Seriously. There’s a plug-in Prius that hogs a charging stall all day near where I work. He’s getting what, 11 miles of electric-only range out of that thing? Frustrating.

Another question is how to prove the owner did not plug the car in versus someone else unplugging the car.

“Really, how hard would it have been to define a minimum standard into the law?”

So, somebody painting a sign replaces the ‘i’ with an ‘l’ and the signs says ‘no parklng’? You think anyone should be able to park there now?

It’s over specifying rules that make things difficult in court.

Strange, I’ve been blocked so often at gas stations when I wanted to leave by drivers who even didn’t want gas! (obviously, cigarettes are more bad drugs as I thought before (most of them leave the shop with 100s of cigarettes) – and I don’t smoke anything…)
Why does nobody do something against that?!


The big difference there is that you are blocked for at most a few minutes, while an EV charging station may be blocked for hours.

If the stall is adequately marked then the ICE vehicle should be towed at owners expense AND fined.

BEV’s should be given 30 minutes warning when fully charged then $2 every half hour.

Those pesky plugin Hybrids should get a 30 minute warning email or text then $1 every minute over.
Those plugin hybrids really have no reason to clog the charge stalls. They bought that ICE in the car for a reason, claiming it’s an “Advantage” over the BEV’s.

After end of charging +30min i would apply same fees to BEV / PHEV cars. There is no reason why a BEV blocking me is not as bad as a PHEV. There are PHEVs out there with more than 70miles range (i3) and BEV around 60miles (iMiev). The rules should be the same.

There are two types of chargers. Rapids and slow chargers. Tesla call slower chargers “destination chargers” which in effect are designed for long term parking. I don’t think we should fine people for parking longer in these spaces as people arrive after longer distances enjoying themselves.
At rapids then there’s every justification to fine as these are designed for maximum turnover.

Don’t get testy. Any vehicle blocking the spot should get the same treatment regardless of whether it is a BEV, PHEV, EREV, or any other alphabet soup.

The bill was sponsored by Windex.

Judge Dredd has a new name 😉

Excellent. Nope more states see the utility of this as a fee generation source, that can offset EV Vehicle Fees used to help pay for local infrastructure, etc..

Plugged In Time: 92 minutes Charging at 6.6kW
SOC: 58% Time to 100%: 87 minutes left

I think every EV should have a small 2 line LCD display above the VIN Number. This display would make parking at charging stations function more smoothly. Parking attendants and law enforcement can see exactly how long the EV has been plugged in and when they would be completed. It also would deter EV owners from setting charging rates at a low kW.