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ICE parking on Charging Station spots ticketable in Florida

Discussion in 'Florida' started by NigelM, Apr 20, 2012.

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  1. Arnold Panz

    Arnold Panz Model Sig 304, VIN 542

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    Seems like this guy is purposely parking there, maybe because he hates EVs? I occasionally get that reaction when I talk about the Model S. I think people think it's a major political statement to be buying the car, sort of the antithesis of "drill, baby, drill!" I have a friend whose absolutely pet peeve is climate change -- he thinks it's a complete a total hoax. Convincing him that by avoiding buying gas I'm not funding some of the worst, most opppressive regimes in the world (Iran, Saudi Arabia etc.) took a great deal of effort.
     
  2. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Yes, that's Ken Stokes Volt, he also has a reservation on a Model S as well. He was trying to test the new chargers.

    Larry
     
  3. vfx

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    Sounds like the truck driver was making a point.


    The ticket is the counterpoint. :)
     
  4. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Well at least he's helping keep my city taxes down. :biggrin:
     
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    I thought they used the extra money to hire more people to study ways to raise the taxes.
     
  6. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    This guy is on a mission. I expect thay he won't be paying anything until he's towed and has to pay to get his truck out of an impoundment lot.

    Larry
     
  7. NigelM

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    Fingers crossed. (Schadenfreude rules!)
     
  8. kevincwelch

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    Might I suggest this: Bumper stickers (for windshields).

    It's probably an expensive solution, but this is almost as bad IMHO as parking in a handicapped spot. (What really irks me is when someone with a valid handicapped plate or pass parks in a handicapped spot and it happens to be the able-bodied relative who zips out of the car to whatever destination.)
     
  9. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    This problem with folks with an anit-EV attitude is bigger than I imagined. Today on the way to a kick-off party for our National Plug In Day event I drove pass this charger location where the Takoma truck was ticketed. A Lincoln was actually parked diagonally so as to block both EV spaces.

    Larry
     
  10. Doug_G

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    Time to start reporting everyone who needs a ticket, obviously.
     
  11. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Obviously. However, its a 30 minute drive for me to get to these chargers so its not feasible for me to police this situation. I've sent an email to the local government employee responsible for installing these chargers. I asked her to discuss the situation with the parking enforcement officer. Specifically I asked her if these blatant deliberate attempts to block the EV spaces could be escalated to towing or booting without waiting for a minimum number of tickets.

    Larry
     
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    I came up simple one page document, large font, saying in effect please do not do this as other need to charge and by allowing us to charge we decrease the demand for oil keeping prices lower for you.
     
  13. vfx

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    Larry it's been like this for more than a decade. I've only been EV for three years but the EV vets I hang with have been dealing with this here in CA since the EV1, Ford Ranger days.


    This is why my solution(s) seemed radical to some who are just getting out and experiencing it.
     
  14. jerry33

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    The perception problem is that handicapped spots are almost always empty and even when they are not 50% of the time the car with the handicapped sticker doesn't have a handicapped person driving it and the driver is just using the handicapped sticker to get special treatment. Now because of the access laws, EV spots have to be next to the handicapped spots because they have to be accessible to handicapped EVers. If it wasn't for that, the EV spots could be in an unobtrusive area and no one would ever notice.

    The typical ICE driver only sees that the best ten to twenty parking spaces are wasted and thinks that it's highly unfair.
     
  15. jordanthompson

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    This was at the Salvador Dali Museum this weekend. This Mitsubishi's driver was told by the parking attendant that she could park here if she couldn't find another open spot (at least that's what she told me.) Of course she's from Alabama (do they have electricity in Alabama :wink: ?)
     
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    #56 NigelM, Dec 20, 2012
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    At the Dali museum today:

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    BTW, they are charging $5 for parking now, We went to see the Titanic Exhibition at the Mahaffey (on the same campus as Dali) - highly recommend it!

    Tip: the cables on the chargepoints at Dali don't reach the Model S port if you drive in forwards. Reverse into the space and you have no problem.
     
  17. TampaLiam

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    Grumble grumble.
    11 spots.


    11 spots in St. Pete... that I wasn't able to charge at... because they were ICE'd.
    All 4 Vinoy indoor parking spots. 1 spot across from the Vinoy. 2 along Gulf Dr. All 4 Dali Museum spots.


    The city garages have chargers... so I was able to find some juice... for a premium.

    All but the indoor Vinoy spots are clearly marked. Different color paint lines, etc.

    I think that the significant paint markings earlier in this topic (as seen in CA) may help prevent ICEing.
     
  18. clea

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    should've added their photos to ICE shaming
     
  19. andrewket

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    It's tempting to create a fake ticket and leave it on their windshield. $500 fine.

    If you made it $50 with a return envelope I bet a bunch people would send it in.

    Disclaimer: I don't condone this behavior. :)
     
  20. brianman

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    Also not condoning the behavior. But it would be prudent to address the envelope to a (EV-related) charity of your choice, rather than putting your name out there. ;)
     

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