A bill has passed in the Colorado state legislature that would allow gas or diesel vehicles found parked at EV charge stations to be ticketed.
House Bill 1298, which was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly on April 1st, 2019, seeks to address the problem of availability of EV charge stations in the state. It would allow any vehicle parked at an EV charge station that is not “actively” charging to receive a ticket of $150 with a $32 surcharge.
The wording here is important, as it means that not only ICE vehicles can be ticketed. Any EV or plug-in hybrid vehicle that is not actively charging its battery can also be ticketed. This includes EVs and hybrids whose batteries have already been charged to full, although there is an exception if the charging station is at a hotel or airport, or if it’s between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The bill passed with a vote of 41 ‘yes’ to 24 ‘no’ on April 18th and will now be introduced to the state senate for further evaluation.
Laws like this will likely become more commonplace, with EV market share set to increase in coming years. It does seem somewhat hard to enforce, however, with the law leaving it up to the parking officer to determine if an EV’s battery has been charged to full or not. This should help prevent ICE owners from purposefully parking at charge stalls to inconvenience EV owners, though – a trend that is allegedly known as ICEing.
You can read the bill in its entirety at this link, via the Colorado General Assembly.