A man in Western Australia was fined after he used a council power box to charge his electric vehicle. The Mt Barker Police posted a photo of the incident, which they said showed the man’s car being topped up with shire power.
They warned other drivers not to steal electricity to recharge their cars.
The police noted that they would take action against those who steal from the shire. The 78-year-old man from nearby Cranbrook was fined $500.
There are several charging stations near the towns of Mt Barker and Cranbrook, which are both within the shire boundaries.
The fine has been met with mixed reactions online. Some people argued that the driver should have planned his trip to the appropriate stations, while others claimed that it was excessive.
In Western Australia, owning an electric car is both dangerous and pointless. It’s remarkable that the shire first issues a fine, even though it doesn’t ask why the vehicle was recharging, and another claimed that the fine would teach the driver a valuable lesson.
In November, the Western Australia Government announced that the construction of the WA EV Network had started.
The project, which is estimated to cost $20 million, will extend from Kununurra in the north to Esperance in the south, and Eucla in the east. It will feature 98 charging stations and a total of 6,600km of road.
According to Energy Minister Bill Johnston, the network will help reduce the anxiety of driving an electric vehicle and allow people to explore the state.