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Driving fine: EV driver receives big fine after waiting in queue to charge his car


Richard Stewart, 64, was handed a £100 fine after he waited in a queue to charge his Jaguar I-PACE. The pest control company boss waited for almost an hour to charge his vehicle as all the available chargers were occupied by fellow motorists.

Mr Stewart told The Sun that he chose to wait because he was picking up his wife, who is a key worker, from a nearby hospital after she supervised a specialist clinic.

After returning from a coffee break, which lasted for 50 minutes due to the unavailability of chargers, the 64-year-old finally plugged his car in.

It then took him 70 minutes to charge his motor before driving off to collect his wife.

Unfortunately for Mr Stewart, he was in for a nasty surprise a few days later.

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“Big cars also take a long time to charge which they haven’t taken into account,” he told The Sun.

Mr Stewart decided to appeal the fine.

In the end, the EV owner was successful after the company responsible for the parking, Moto, backed down.

A Moto spokesperson said: “We apologise to the customer for the inconvenience caused and are reviewing our internal processes.

“We have ensured that their fine has now been cancelled.”

Mr Stewart’s charging stop was absolutely necessary after he travelled nearly 80 miles from Beenham, Berks to Sussex to drop his wife off.

However, the Jaguar owner said that he does not regret buying the car because of fuel price increases.

He added that the Government needs to do much more in order to accommodate electric vehicles.





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