The Frederick County Council voted Tuesday to limit who can park in spaces that have electric vehicle charging equipment.

Non-electric vehicles will be prohibited from parking in spaces on county roads or county-owned property reserved as charging stations for electric cars. Violators could face a fine between $100 and $250.

The proposal, which passed 5-2, states that drivers cannot be fined if their vehicle isn’t plugged in, but that they may only park in such spaces for the purpose of charging their car. And only cars that have charging equipment compatible with equipment at the parking spot are permitted.

Though there are only a handful of electric vehicle parking spaces on county property, those in support of the proposal felt it was a necessary measure to take in anticipation of more spaces popping up with the county’s transition to electric vehicles.

“I think the timetable for the transition to electric vehicles is imminent,” said Councilman Kai Hagen (D), who sponsored the bill. “I think anybody who denies it has got their head in the sand.”

The councilman has expressed hope for county government to follow his bill with additional steps to accommodate electric vehicles.

Among those opposed to the proposal were Council Vice President Michael Blue (R) and Councilman Phil Dacey (R).

“Do we want to pass a law when a sign will work?” Dacey said.

Joining Hagen in support were Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer (D), Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater (D), Councilman Jerry Donald (D) and Councilman Steve McKay (R).

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(9) comments

Plumbum

Great. Another law that no one will ever know exists.

DickD

If a sign would work no one would ever get a ticket for going through an intersection with a stop sign without stopping! Thank you, Kai!

shiftless88

But if stop signs didn't exist then certainly no one would stop. So a sign helps.

elmerchismo1

At some time soon the issue of electric-assist bicycles will need to be addressed. They're getting faster and appearing in larger numbers in roadway travel lanes. Don't get me wrong: I think they're a great idea IN GENERAL. Specifically though, shouldn't there be qualifying tests to operate them as motorized vehicles, rules about lights, brake lights, etc. Riders would be a lot better off if they wore reflective attire, too. We all know about keeping an eye out for motorcycles, but we may not expect a bicycle to come zipping along out of nowhere at 30 mph, much less start changing lanes, passing, and making turns from travel lanes. We need to be proactive about this.

C.D.Reid

"Drivers cannot be fined if their vehicle isn’t plugged in, but that they may only park in such spaces for the purpose of charging their car."

Could someone clarify that, please?

matthewboh

Oh, Mr. Reid! You may look like Joe, but you just don't match his brain wattage. It's like when you leave your car in front of a pump after you've fueled up but run into the Sheetz for a MTO.

C.D.Reid

OK, genius, if there are charging stations in a park and ride, say like the one at Monocacy Blvd. and Rt. 15, and where there is no Sheetz to run into after charging, why would someone leave their vehicle in a space after charging it, unless they had commuted with someone else to work? And, according to this article, someone could do just that, denying others the opportunity to charge theirs. Maybe if you concentrated on an informed answer to a logical question you could offer one, instead of a weak attempt at insulting. But, I supposed that's to be expected from someone who does have Joe's brain wattage.

MD1756

No, it's not like that at all. You must not have an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. It takes a lot longer to charge a car then it does to fill a fuel tank (gasoline or diesel). You don't have the amperage to charge a car that fast (unless maybe you're charging it after driving only a mile). So instead of trying to insult someone maybe you should think a little more before commenting.

C.D.Reid

Agreed, MD1756. matthew seems more concerned with coming up with pitiful, cheap insults than informative answers to legitimate questions. I guess that's just easier for him to do than to actually think.

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