Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are becoming regular sights on Skokie parking lots. So much so that the Village of Skokie has a total of 4 electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) and there are also many privately-owned stations in the Village that are accessible to the public. While EVCSs are becoming more common, we understand the rules around parking in an EVCS space may not be known. Below are prohibited uses per the Illinois Vehicle code of electric vehicle charging stations:
- Non-electric vehicles are prohibited from parking in an electric vehicle charging station, including those on any private or public off-street parking facility.
- Owners or operators of any public or private off-street parking facility may, after notifying the police, have any non-electric vehicle parked within an EVCS space towed.
- Any person found guilty of violating the above is subject to a fine of $75-100 in addition to any towing and storage fees.
So, don’t risk being fined and having your car towed by parking your non-electric vehicle in an EVCS designated space. Pay close attention as these spaces should have signs or markings on the pavement indicating that it is a charging station.