New law protects EV drivers’ access to public charging stations

Senator Jen Metzger at a charging station at Roscoe Beer Company

ALBANY – A new state law makes it a violation for a non-electric car to park in a space reserved for EV charging, and also requires electric vehicles to be charging while in the designated space.

“EV drivers need access to charging stations just like non-EV drivers who pull up to the pump, and it’s critical that the public only use charging spaces for their intended purpose – to charge,” said Senate Sponsor Jen Metzger (D, Rosendale), who drives a fully electric Chevy Bolt. “To make the shift to electric vehicles, drivers need to have the confidence that these facilities will be available.”

“On a public policy level, this legislation will provide a further incentive for drivers to purchase electric vehicles and help reduce carbon emissions,” said Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D, Scarsdale), who sponsored the measure in that house.

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