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Why this photo of a Ford Ranger has sparked outrage among electric vehicle drivers

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The Ford Ranger ute took up a parking space (pictured) outside the charging station at the Sylvia Parks shopping centre, in Mount Wellington, southeast Auckland, last month.

A Ford Ranger driver has been criticized by electric vehicle owners for blocking a charging station and hiding the battery cable.

The ute took up parking space at the Sylvia Parks shopping center in Mount Wellington, southeast of Auckland, in May.

A passerby uploaded a photo of the brazen act to Reddit with the image showing the charging cable placed inside the vehicle’s tray.

Hundreds of motorists criticized the driver for his selfish act.

“These guys definitely think they’re fun to annoy people with,” one wrote.

The Ford Ranger ute took up a parking space (pictured) outside the charging station at the Sylvia Parks shopping centre, in Mount Wellington, southeast Auckland, last month.

“He probably thinks he’s very clever taking a spot off an EV,” another wrote.

Others suggested the motorist could be carrying something in the covered tray.

‘There’s a chance he’s actually carrying something there. You can charge electric bikes (with motor) with those chargers, one wrote.

‘The LED (indicator lights) is GREEN. Something in the bed is charging. “Probably a large solar generator,” added another.

‘All those who jumped to conclusions and proposed vandalizing this person’s car or trying to publicly embarrass them, where are the apologies?’

Motorists criticized the driver's act, but some defended him by saying that they could be charging an electrical energy source inside the tray (file image).

Motorists criticized the driver’s act, but some defended him by saying that they could be charging an electrical energy source inside the tray (file image).

Motorists in Australia who illegally occupy electric vehicle parking spaces face heavy fines.

Petrol car drivers risk up to $3,200 in the ACT.

The fine also applies to any vehicle parked in the square and not plugged into the charging cable.

The same offense carries a fine of $3,096 in Queensland, while motorists in New South Wales will be fined up to $2,200.

The New Zealand government passed new laws last year to punish motorists who park in a space that can only be used by electric vehicles.

The amendment was made to the Land Transport (Road User) Rule.

The law states that “a driver or person in charge of a vehicle must not stop, stop or park the vehicle in a parking area reserved for electric vehicle charging.”

Drivers can only use the EV cargo space if they own an EV.

How much will drivers be fined for illegally parking in an EV charging space?

Victory

Fines of up to $1,153 apply to motorists who stop in a charging space parking area with signage designated for electric vehicles.

New south Wales

Fines of up to $2,200 apply for stopping in an electric vehicle charging area, if the vehicle is not plugged in, or for parking a gasoline or diesel vehicle in an electric vehicle space.

queensland

Similar rules apply in the Sunshine State, however, the fine is much higher and motorists risk paying a fee of $3,096.

ACT

Similar rules also exist in the nation’s capital, where motorists receive a whopping $3,200 for the violation.

South Australia

Drivers will face fines of up to $75 for parking in an EV parking space and $111 for parking in a designated EV area and not plugging in the charging cable.

Tasmania

Similar regulations exist in the southern state. Drivers can be fined $195, while bike owners can be fined $97.

Northern Territory

Drivers could be fined, although an exact amount has not been specified.

Western Australia: Fines yet to be announced; However, some jurisdictions across the state enforce regulations targeting drivers who illegally park their vehicle in EV parking spaces.

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