Park your gas-powered car in an electric-vehicle-designated spot in the Emerald State and you could find yourself Cashless in Seattle. The Washington State legislature has approved a bill that would impose a $124 fine on conventional-vehicle drivers busted for parking in spots slated for plug-in vehicles, the Associated Press reports. Legislators approved the bill by a seven-to-one margin. The bill now needs approval from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
The bill highlights a growing issue between plug-in drivers and conventional vehicle owners who park in spots where publicly accessible charging stations are located. It's called "getting ICE'd out" (after the Internal Combustion Engines). Last fall, Ford created a placard with a list of EV-charging manners and included warnings that charging spots not be used by gas users. EVSE company ECOtality later created a "Blink Courtesy Notice" that plug-in drivers can print out and drop onto offending conventional vehicles.
As of the end of last month, Washington State was home to 326 publicly accessible charging stations, trailing only California, Texas and Florida among US states.