Charge point blocking by traditionally fuelled cars is becoming a major concern to the electric car driver. Known as icing, or ‘being iced‘ refers to an Internal Combustion Engined vehicle (petrol or diesel) parking in a bay that is designated for EV charging.
To shine a light on the problem a petition asking the U.K. Government to take action has been created. 10,000 signatures are required for the Government to officially respond. At the time of writing the petition had 1,300 signatories. If a total of 100,000 signatures are obtained this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
The petition creator details the frustration experienced by many electric car drivers when they approach a charge point they cannot use. Even with good signage many points are still blocked.
The petition states “Local councils are not doing enough to protect the rights of the EV community” and calls for the act of blocking a point to be made a more serious offence.
Sadly, sometimes it’s not a petrol or diesel powered vehicle blocking access to a charge point. It can be an electric car that is parked and is not charging. Better consideration of your fellow driver is needed before calls are made to make this an offence.
Why not add your voice, share and sign the petition below.
Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign.