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Officers are now enforcing electric vehicle parking ordinance

7:03 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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Finding parking in downtown Knoxville can sometimes be a difficult task, especially on busy days. But a Knoxville man told WBIR the search for a spot is even more difficult for drivers of electric vehicles.

Mike Vukmir said he often finds the designated parking spaces for electric vehicles taken.

Vukmir said, "It's during the evenings when we want to come down for dinner or take the dogs to the dog park that we'll come down to Knoxville and invariably we find these spots filled with regular cars, or internal combustion vehicles, which leaves us with no place to charge."

Jake Tisinger, Project Manager for the City of Knoxville's Office of Sustainability, said a city ordinance was passed in December in hopes of ensuring the 24 public charging stations across the city are available for electric vehicle owners.

Tisinger said, "The ordinance allows the city to ticket or tow any non-electrical vehicle that's parked in these spaces or actually if there's an electrical vehicle that's parked in it but not plugged in, they could be towed or ticketed as well."

Monday afternoon, the city posted warning signs in front of the parking spaces dedicated to electric vehicles, which tell drivers of other vehicles the penalties for parking in those parking spaces.

The Public Building Authority (PBA) and the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) will be enforcing the city ordinance now that the proper signage has been posted.

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