If Markham-Stouffville MPP gets his way, anyone who obstructs an electric car being charged by filling the spot with a combustion-engine vehicle will be fined.
Paul Calandra tabled the private ember’s bill in Ontario’s legislature after receiving complaints from business owners which provide and pay for the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. Calandra, who has researched the EV Charging Station issue in municipalities including Markham, London and Kingston is also consulting with groups and municipalities over the summer to assess what more can be done to encourage accommodation of electric vehicles.
“Businesses generally pay the costs associated with installing and providing power to these EV charging stations and are then frustrated to see them being blocked by non-electric vehicles or even electric vehicles which are not currently charging,” Calandra explains.
“Certainly we want to encourage businesses and other organizations to provide EV Charging Stations. Vehicles which don’t need them should not block them; this fine has been proposed to support progressive businesses and remind drivers to be more attentive to where they park.”
Businesses who have installed charging stations use them as loss-leaders, as an investment to attract customers to their stores by placing these stations in priority parking spaces closer to the store.
“Businesses invest in public electric vehicle charging stations because they want them to be used by the public for charging, often while taking advantage of onsite amenities,” says Brookes Shean, Regional General Manager, Central Canada at FLO, Canada’s largest EV charging network and a subsidiary of charging station manufacturer AddEnergie.
“We welcome this bill because it brings much-needed attention to the issue of blocked EV charging stations, which frustrate station owners and EV drivers. We look forward to working with the province and municipalities to address this important issue for our industry.”