ElectricVehicle wrote:Vandalism or keying is definitely not the answer. That just escalates the situation. Imagine if all the gasoline drivers start keying our LEAFs because they resent the change to Electric Cars? Since some disputes over parkinig spaces sometimes escalate to fist fights, if your caught in the act, it could VERY nasty quickly. And if one of those involved has a weapon of some sort....
We need to encourage people to get along, see the option of electric, and have them pick that if it's rigth for them. We don't want to start confrontations between gas vs. electric for any reason.
The thing to do is to notify the property owner that a gas car is parked in the EV space and ask them to please address it, as you needed to use it and it was not available.
No, vandalism isn't the answer. But good luck getting the driver of the merc or the SUV to "see" anything... and the property owner won't want to get involved, particularly if it's a retail place they avoid conflict at all cost.
I stand by my assertion that unless EV charging spots are in the least desirable locations, not the most, you can expect to see this happening all the time, at least if they are on private property. If it's public space and you have aggressive enforcement with boots and tow trucks you might stand a chance.
Ever see parking wars on A&E? It's tough to watch for any length of time as it's mostly trailer trash yelling at each other, but in cities where they crack the whip you might stand a chance of seeing some enforcement, but even then, people rack up parking tickets right and left. It's a losing battle.