Wrocław City Council have given up on their concept of green parking spaces for electric vehicles.
A few years ago the city authorities decided to allocate a number of parking spaces to electric vehicles at the same time the Vozilla electric-car rental system launched. The decision was taken on the basis that the spaces would encourage more people to use the emission-free vehicles in the town centre.
The green spaces have nonetheless been frowned upon by many drivers of petrol and diesel cars, who see them as yet another obstacle preventing them finding a space.
Not long after the green spaces were introduced, they became subject to controversy when some lawyers claimed they were invalid. The lawyers argued that the green spaces are not part of the highway code, therefore nobody could be punished for using them – irrespective of whether their car is electric or not.
The City Council disagree however, and in many cases drivers have ended up going to court to appeal against fines. At the time of writing, 40 drivers have gone to court to argue they shouldn’t have been punished for using the green spaces.
In all but of 5 those cases, the City Council have won in court. Even so, the repeat court cases and the unpopularity of the green spaces seem to have persuaded the city authorities to ditch them.