Edinburgh takes a stand against ICEing

Edinburgh is taking consistent action against charging point blockers. From May 2022 to April 2023, a total of 4,625 fines were imposed on motorists in the Scottish capital who had exceeded the maximum length of stay at charging stations for electric vehicles.

The fine for this in Edinburgh is £30, with the permitted length of stay varying depending on the charging speed: Up to twelve hours can be parked at 7-kW chargers, up to three hours at 22-kW chargers and one hour at 50-kW chargers. The city is even considering sending notifications to drivers’ mobile phones in the future when their maximum permitted standing time is almost up.

“Our maximum stay periods are set to make sure as many people as possible can benefit from the city’s network of electric vehicle chargers,” said Councillor Scott Arthur, adding: “We have listened to users, however, and have agreed that the charging periods for most of our chargers can be extended from the 1 May to better meet their needs. Indeed, overnight overstay penalties on our 22kW fast chargers will be removed completely. In addition to this, we are planning a significant expansion in the network to help ensure it better meets future demand.”



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