As a Fleet Manager, it’s essential that your fleets EV charging needs are met when out on the road. We understand how frustrating it can be to arrive at a charging station only to find it ICEed (blocked by a non-EV vehicle), causing unnecessary delays and frustration for your fleet drivers.
The Australian Capital Territory has recently announced that they will introduce fines for individuals who block EV charging stations. This decision makes the ACT the fourth State or Territory in Australia to implement fines for this offence, joining Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales.
The introduction of fines for blocking EV charging stations sends a strong message to the community that these stations are not to be used for anything other than charging EVs. It also helps to ensure that your fleet drivers have access to the infrastructure they need to continue driving their electric vehicles on journeys without unnecessary delays.
Fines can range from $369 in Victoria through to $3,200 in the ACT for blocking an EV charging space. This applies to both Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles or EVs that aren’t actively using the charging infrastructure.
As EVs become more commonplace, ICEing is something organisations must bring to the attention of all drivers. The last thing you’d want is to be hit with a hefty fine simply an employee wasn’t aware of the issue or didn’t understand they’d be inconveniencing other drivers.