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If these fines seem a bit steep for simply parking in the wrong spot, Australian Electric Vehicle Association national president Chris Jones said they’re necessary to educate the public.

“There needs to be an acknowledgement that there are places you can park and places you can’t, and right in front of an EV charger is one where you can’t.” Jones told ABC News.

The reason for Australia’s emphasis on this issue is the scarcity of public chargers relative to EV customers. According to Electric Vehicle Council policy head Jake Whitehead, there are around 80,000 EVs in Australia and open public chargers are already hard to come by. So a parking mistake by a combustion car owner might seem trivial to them but isn’t trivial to an EV owner in desperate need of a charge.

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