A TESLA driver was baffled by the strange rules imposed by his local car park and said they made no sense.
John Fielding, from Norwich, Norfolk, discovered an error in signs put up by the council in a popular park.
John noted that the new parking restrictions prohibited the use of vehicles over 1.5 tonnes.
This would mean that it would no longer be available for almost all electric cars, including the one that John drives himself.
Due to the weight of the material used in battery manufacturing, electric vehicles are generally heavier than gasoline or diesel engines.
Insurance company details admiral found that electric models tend to be between 200 and 300 kg heavier on average.
Most weigh over the 1.5 ton limit, with John’s £39,000 Tesla Model 3 weighing a hefty 2.2 tons.
In an interview with the Eastern Daily PressHe asked: “What does the council have against electric cars?”
However, Norwich City Council said the limit would be reviewed and drivers with cars over the permitted weight would not face fines in the meantime.
A spokesman said: “Having decided relatively recently to introduce charges at Eaton Park to raise money to pay for essential council services, our plan was always to review progress.”
“Part of this will be reviewing any car weight restrictions on our signage as we are fully aware of the issues associated with electric vehicles.
“In the meantime, we would like to reassure all parking users planning to park in Eaton that we will not be taking enforcement action for cars exceeding the weight limit.”
Experts have previously warned of potential structural problems in parking lots, particularly multi-story parking lots, due to the added weight of electric vehicles.
And just this month, a government-commissioned report on the issue proposed major changes to the size of car parks due to the fire risk.
It has even been suggested that electric vehicle drivers could face an expensive “pothole tax” due to the additional damage they could cause to the road surface.
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