Park a regular car in electric-car space? In Washington, it'll cost $124

Antony Ingram
18 April 2013



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They call it being ICEd--the practice of Internal Combustion Engine vehicles parking in spaces set aside for electric cars like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S.

It's the bane of many an electric vehicle owner's existence, pulling into their local parking lot to find the only charging spot occupied by some klutz in a regular car.

And in Washington state, it's a practice that'll cost said klutz $124 from now on.

According to the Associated Press, the state House approved a bill Friday that would see gas-vehicle drivers fined for parking in electric vehicle spaces.

The state's law requires electric spaces be marked with appropriate signage, but it isn't unknown for some drivers to be ignorant of electric space markings, or even park in an electric space deliberately.

The practice has been recorded on many electric car forums and social media networks with many vehicles named and shamed--but proper legislation now means offending drivers will get a $124 fine.

It'll also apply to electric vehicle owners who park but don't plug in, preventing other electric owners from charging.

Maybe it'll make ICE drivers think twice about blocking an electric car charging spot--that trip to the mall could become quite expensive.

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