Drivers in South Australia will now face fines for obstructing the charging points for electric cars.

South Australian Government Implements Fines for Blocking Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces

The South Australian government has joined other states in cracking down on petrol and diesel car drivers who block designated EV charging spaces, as well as EV drivers who park next to chargers but fail to plug them in. Starting this week, drivers of gasoline or diesel vehicles face immediate fines of $75 for committing the violation, while electric car owners who don’t plug in at designated charging spots will be fined $111.

The new laws, which were introduced by the South Australian Government in November last year and came into force on April 1, 2024, state that drivers must not stop in a parking area designated for electric vehicles unless their vehicle is electrically powered and plugged into an external source of electricity. The rule applies to locations that are clearly marked as an electric vehicle (EV) charging point or have road signage with an electric vehicle charging symbol.

Andrew Howard, director of the Royal Automobile Association’s (RAA) charging programme, stated that the new rule would help free up electric vehicle charging spaces and address confusion for some drivers. Howard emphasized the importance of understanding how electric vehicle charging stations work and ensuring that EV owners are considerate of others who may need access to these facilities.

The problem of blocking electric vehicle charging spaces, known as ‘ICEing’ (short for internal combustion engine), has become a widespread issue that state governments across Australia are now addressing. Penalties for parking violations at designated electric vehicle charging stations vary across states, with fines ranging from $369 in Victoria to $3,200 in the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian Electric Vehicle Association national president Chris Jones highlighted the necessity of these fines in educating the public about the importance of respecting electric vehicle charging spaces. He compared parking a non-EV in an EV charging spot to parking in front of a gas depot, emphasizing the need for awareness and consideration when using public parking facilities.

In conclusion, the South Australian government’s decision to implement fines for blocking electric vehicle charging spaces demonstrates a commitment to promoting electric vehicle use and ensuring access to charging infrastructure for all drivers. By cracking down on offenders who misuse these facilities, the government aims to create a more sustainable and efficient transportation system that benefits both EV owners and the broader community.