With electrified vehicle (plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles) ownership now more common in our society, there have been significant changes to our local infrastructure to support the use of such vehicles.

Wander into most shopping malls these days, and you’ll find dedicated charging stations so owners can plug in their PHEVs or EVs to recharge the batteries in their vehicles. It’s certainly pleasant to see such initiatives to support the “green movement,” and if you’re among those who own such vehicles, we hope you’re enjoying these facilities.

However, there are times where these facilities are “abused,” and we’re not talking about vandalism here but the manner in which they are used. Whether this is due to absent-mindedness, plain ignorance, or a combination of both, those responsible seem to overlook that their actions make life a little less convenient for others around them. “Treat others how you want to be treated,” as the saying goes.

With that in mind, we’re here to reiterate the importance of etiquette (and common sense) when it comes to using public EV charging bays, in case the first time didn’t sink in enough. Without further ado:

Public EV charging bays are for PHEVs and EVs only

When you pull up to a charging station, there are most definitely wallboxes nearby so PHEV and EV owners can plug their vehicles in. If your car doesn’t have a charging port anywhere on its body, don’t park there, plain and simple.

More often than not, we’ve seen regular fossil fuel-burning and hybrid vehicles (non-PHEVs) parked in these dedicated bays simply because the owner felt the spot was most conveniently positioned near the entrance, denying people who actually want to use the charging station from doing so.

Public EV charging bays aren’t parking slots or personal spaces

This may sound similar to what was previously mentioned, but PHEV and EV owners are sometimes guilty of using charging bays as “reserved” parking slots or personal spaces, simply because their vehicles meet the criteria of having a charging port.

Yes, you are entitled to park your car there but if you’re not doing any charging while in the bay, why are you there in the first place? Wouldn’t this practice deprive those who want to charge up their vehicles whenever they can, because of your need for convenience? Please, use a regular parking spot instead.

Move your vehicle away once it’s fully charged

Imagine you’re at a petrol station and it’s packed. You’ve been waiting a good 15 minutes for a pump to be vacant so you can fuel up and head home. You spot someone who just finished his or her fuel up, and you’re getting ready to move your vehicle in when said person simply pops into the store for some light shopping.

Not the best feeling in the world is it? Well, the same can be said of charging bays, and owners should be mindful of their vehicle’s state of charge, as there are others who want to use these facilities as well.

Most PHEVs have apps to tell you when they’re fully charged, so the excuse of “not knowing what my vehicle status is” shouldn’t be valid. Some places even have visual reminders telling users not to hog the station, and even set time limits for how long you can charge your vehicle for.

Once again, it’s not your personal parking spot but a public charging station, so do move along when you’re done charging your vehicle’s battery and let someone else have a go.

It doesn’t take much to remain civil and to treat others how you want to be treated, so don’t be “that person” who ruins it for everyone just because personal selfishness overcame common decency – the latter shouldn’t go extinct.