Questions raised over policing of car charging points

Cars at Asda supermarket are parking in bays designed for electrical cars charging points.
Cars at Asda supermarket are parking in bays designed for electrical cars charging points.
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A Borders electric car owner has questioned the point of public car charging spaces if they are not being policed, writes Kevin Janiak.

Alex McKie of Ashkirk has a hybrid vehicle, which runs on normal fuel as well as electricity.

He and his wife do their weekly shop at Asda in Galashiels and look towards charging their vehicle up when they are there, at one of the bays set aside for this service.

But, he says, unlike spaces for disabled drivers or for those with a family, other drivers are able to use the spaces without fear of sanction.

“Asda have four spaces for the use of charging of electric vehicles, but these spaces are being taken up by drivers of normal cars.

“One time, a car was diagonally parked between two of the bays.

“I have asked in the store to see if they can do anything about it and was told I had to ask the drivers of the other vehicles if they would move.

“That leaves us open to abuse and that should not happen.

“One woman who was parked in one of the bays started shouting at us, saying she would park where she wants.

“Somebody should be doing something to police this.

“The government is asking companies to provide them, but if they are not made available, I don’t see the point.

“We are lucky in that we don’t really need electicity to make the car run, but some do.”

We tried several times to find out from Asda, both locally and from their headquarters in Leeds, just what their policy regarding these car charging bays is.

However, by the time The Southern went to press, an answer was not forthcoming.

There are several points around the region where it is possible to charge your vehicle.

You can find them by visiting http://www.scotborders.gov.uk/directory/73/electric_vehicle_charge_points