Barrie, Ontario changes bylaws regarding EV charging spots

If you own an electric vehicle (EV) in Barrie, or regularly visit the city in Ontario, you too could be facing a big fine if you park in an EV charging spot and don’t plug in.

Barrie City Council this week voted to change the bylaws regarding EV charging spots. Until now, non-EVs could park in the spots if they were not being used by an EV to charge.

With the change, the only time a vehicle won’t be ticketed at one of the four EV charging stations around the city is if your EV is plugged in.

If a gas car parks in one of the spots, or an EV that doesn’t plug in, you could face a fine of up to $1,000.

In addition to the new fines, council also agreed to no longer charge EV owners any fees at the Collier Street Parkade charging station.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, parking restrictions have been relaxed in the downtown area. Once restrictions have been lifted and more people are travelling to downtown, the new bylaw will go into effect, and new signage explaining the changes will be put up.

h/t [Barrie Today]

Featured image: Heritage Park charging station via Plugshare

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