• Feb 26, 2013
It looks like electric vehicle owners living in Dallas need Eric Cartman to yell "Respect my authoritah!" while having their non-plug-in vehicles towed from designated parking spots.

Since that's not possible, an EV advocate has taken on shaming these EV-parking violators. Check out this new Tumblr page called "ICE shaming," which outs internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and their drivers for parking where they're not supposed to. In Dallas, parking rules at Blink charging stations are being violated aplenty by drivers of cars, SUVs, and pickups; one of them also broke a disabled parking ordinance.

ICE shaming comes from Lori Drozd, and is "Dedicated to the protection of green spots everywhere." If you don't want to publicly participate and shame the gas guzzler, you can always head over to Ecotality's Blink charging station page offering smart tips for EV drivers using charging stations, and print out courtesy notices that can be placed on the windshield of the offending car. These notices offer a way to state the obvious to the non-EV owner: You really need to move your car. A picture on the internet has the same effect, but a different audience.


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      • 1 Day Ago
      This is a huge problem here is Southern California. Ecotality, operators of the blink network chargers are particularly lax in addressing the issue when it comes to chargers being used by gas vehicles. I made a video about three locations in my neighborhood. Ecotatlity officials have seen the video and responded with a polite, "Thanks," but have done nothing to work with the parking lot operators, local police or EV advocates to address the problem. You can see the video at the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cR-QQ2g5LI&feature=share&list=UUDb0EpKivw1a_LfdpVj-Nww
      bzzzbayte
      • 1 Day Ago
      HI FOLKS
      ashespaw
      • 1 Day Ago
      If it isn't a legally enforceable parking space, to hell with them. Much like "Reserved for Employee of the Month".
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Day Ago
        @ashespaw
        i agree rules and common courtesy are stupid and should be gotten rid of forever
      slop9124
      • 1 Day Ago
      People who buy these eco cars that use electricity should be paying for the free charge, just like I have to pay for my gasoline. If the car only goes so far before it needs to be charged, then the owner should keep this in mind when buying one andd then limit their driving to the slength of the charge or maybe carry a small gas operated generator in their trunk or on the trailer they'll need because the car is too small.
        kEiThZ
        • 1 Day Ago
        @slop9124
        So what's it to you if property/business owners decides to offer preferred parking and free charging to THEIR CUSTOMERS? Are you against business owners being free to make their own choices and to attract the clientele they want?
        • 1 Day Ago
        @slop9124
        In many cases, the EV owner is charged for the charging time. The property owner only pays (or is paid) for having the charging station on their property.
      george
      • 1 Day Ago
      if these things are being placed on grocery store parking lots and on public streets they can not place them where they want to.
      Happypoolprune
      • 1 Day Ago
      In a public parking lot, we should be able to park where we want regardless of the type of car we drive. It's one thing to have the handicap spaces - I'm perfectly fine with that- but it's all the other special interest spaces that bug me- i.e. the electric car ones, now they have them for pregnant women and for women with children - if true equality is the aim - then lets just keep the handicap people in those special spots - after all they didn't ask to be handicapped now did they? but all the other have choices.
      Tes
      • 1 Day Ago
      We should do it like it's done in Russia. Put a huge sticker on a windshield that's hard to remove and says "I am an a$$, I can can park anywhere". Lots of youtube videos of that http://tinyurl.com/a9e332z
        raktmn
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Tes
        I'd hate to have to be the next EV that charges at that spot after you pissed off some ignorant redneck, and they take it out on my car. Putting a sticker on someone's car that is hard to remove is vandalism. It is against the law. If you are somewhere that it isn't illegal to park a gas car in a charging spot, then the only criminal would be you.
        buggsym
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Tes
        up your ice hole
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Tes
        In Soviet Russia, Parking spot ICE you!
        Sasparilla Fizz
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Tes
        Wow, public shaming, that's amazing...the thing here in the U.S., you can never quite be sure who you're going to be messing with in that miss-parked vehicle (probably not someone who respects the idea of EV's anyways and wants to show it) and folks do crazy things here. Safer to let the law enforcement and towing folks take care of it. ;-) But I love the idea.
      raktmn
      • 1 Day Ago
      I hate the idea of gas cars icing charger parking spots, but if there isn't a law against parking there, then they by definition aren't breaking any laws. In the places where there are laws against it, I'd call and get them ticketed. In a place where it isn't against the law for a gas car to park in a charging space, I wouldn't take anything out on the person following the law, I'd document it and keep sending the documentation to my local representatives urging them to update their local laws to keep up with modern times. I do think the charger in front of a handicap space in the link was completely stupid. I'm not going to park my EV in a handicap space in order to charge, and take that spot away from someone who needs it. That charger should be moved ASAP. The two spots for hybrids and fuel efficient cars in front of the Starbucks sign didn't appear to be charging stations, they just looked like preferential parking similar to "employee of the month" parking. Putting those in front of a Starbucks is just asking for those spots to get ICED all the time. But since they don't have chargers at them, is it really the same as icing a charger?
        george
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        do u call the police when u see somebody illigally parking in a handicap spot? i didn't think so.i think that is more important than a dam wind up auto.
          kEiThZ
          • 1 Day Ago
          @george
          I actually do. I find it offensive when people are thoughtless. I have called the tow company on such jackasses. Nothing more pleasing than watching a jackass come out and get all ticked searching for towed $100k car. I like to think of myself as helping karma along.
        Dave R
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        In California anyway, ADA requirements are such that if you install any charging stations, at least one of those stations must be handicap accessible. This has the unfortunate effect of tending to group most charging stations in prime locations (since ADA spots are typically near the front) and businesses rarely want to install more than 4 charging stations which might justify running more than one trench. There was a new article somewhere recently about a new Target in the Bay Area which had it's charging stations setup very well. They were located a good distance away from the entrance and each station could reach at least 4 different parking spots. The San Diego Zoo also has a similar setup with the additional benefit of solar PV canopies - unfortunately those canopies also provide shade which makes the spots more desirable.
        atc98092
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        But maybe someone with a handicap sticker also drives a plug-in car? I see no problem with having a charger in one of those spots, as long as they have more available for other drivers.
        EZEE
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        If it were a parking lot paid for by the business, they wouldn't need a 'law' as it would be their property. Obviously they would not want to piss off paying customers, but they would have more leeway.
      Neros
      • 1 Day Ago
      A far simpler solution would be tow trucks. You don't even need to make up new laws, just get the property owner to back towing.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Neros
        I don't think property owners are inclined to tow their customers. If that hit the news, imagine the possible fallout. ICE vehicles are the vast, vast majority of customers.
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          i agree about property owners not wanting to tow their own customers but what about for handicapped parkers?
      • 1 Day Ago
      They should just leave a note that says: Thank you for blocking my access to American Made Electricity. Iran thanks you for your contribution to their nuclear program.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        Hmm . . . interesting idea but I think it needs refinement.
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          You think? : ) knuckledragger wouldn't know what Iran is nor how it connects to anything nuclear.
      bzzzbayte
      • 1 Day Ago
      HI FOLKS
      kEiThZ
      • 1 Day Ago
      Best thing to do is to block them in and run the cable to the charger.
        HAT1701D
        • 1 Day Ago
        @kEiThZ
        Can go the other way then. Start taking up the regular spaces with your EVs......Ooopsy, sorry I parked my gas vehicle behind you electric. You know they have special parking slots for those right?
          kEiThZ
          • 1 Day Ago
          @HAT1701D
          Does your gas vehicle need that particular spot to enable you to get home?
        stumpy
        • 1 Day Ago
        @kEiThZ
        my thoughts exactly
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