Motorists Ticketed for Illegally Parking in Electric Vehicle Spots in UK Even Though Council Says It’s Okay

AUG 9 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

Reports like this are rather rare, but hopefully that will change as more municipalities continue to up their efforts to discourage illegal parking in electric vehicle-only spots.

Don't ICE an Electric Vehicle or You'll Likely be Ticketed

Don’t ICE an Electric Vehicle or You’ll Likely be Ticketed

In the UK (Central Milton Keynes, to be exact), motorists are now being ticketed for illegally parking in spots reserved for electric vehicles.

There’s controversy brewing though.

As MK Web reports, “Motorist Kathryn O’Neill was slapped with a £70 fine for contravening the rules” even though the city council website says this:

“Non electric vehicles will be able to use the electric vehicle spaces during the core hours of 10am-4pm.”

Apparently, O’Neil was parked there during those “core hours,” so she’s none to pleased that she was ticketed:

Quoting O’Neil:

“I’m very angry. It’s either legal or it isn’t. If it isn’t, the council website shouldn’t say it is. And if it is legal, then traffic wardens shouldn’t be handing out tickets to unsuspecting motorists.”

Milton Keynes apparently has 170 charging points and more are coming soon, so this issue needs to be addressed.  Right now.

We can’t fault O’Neil here if the council’s website says parking is okay.  Perhaps a website update is required?

MK Web got official word from a council spokesman who said this:

“Fourteen bays are only for electric vehicles. They are clearly signposted.”

So, there’s obviously a mix up somewhere that must be corrected.

Source: MK Web

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You mean something on the internet wasn’t true?

If it’s on the Internet, it MUST be true! I’m a French model, you know.

“I assure you, Ms. O’Neill, the Ministry is very scrupulous about following up and eradicating any error. If you have any complaints which you’d like to make, I’d be more than happy to send you the appropriate forms.”