Parking fine shocker for Falkirk electric car charging motorist

A driver who was charging her electric car in a public car park in Falkirk was shocked to find a parking fine on her windscreen when she returned to her vehicle.

By James Trimble
Monday, 5th October 2020, 2:13 pm

The woman, who received the fine in Melville Street car park last week, had reportedly been assured by council wardens she did not require to pay for a parking ticket if her vehicle was plugged in at the charging points.

However, Falkirk Council confirmed all vehicles – including those actively charging – must purchase a ticket to legally park in the location.

A council spokesman said: “All vehicles using pay and display car parks require to pay regardless of whether they are an electric vehicle charging their vehicle.

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Motorists using Melville Street car park's charging point must pay for a ticket or face a penalty

“Full information is available on the Chargeplace Scotland website at www.chargeplacescotland.org. There are no signs within the car park which advise that electric vehicles can park for free.

“The only vehicles entitled to park for free in that car park are those with blue badges.”