Councillors hit out over parking tariffs in Carlow Town at electric car charge points

'It's shortsighted,' says one councillor

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The tariff was brought in as some users had been parking in charge points all day

Councillors have expressed their concerns around a levy for parking in electric vehicle charge points around Carlow Town.

The tariff was brought in as some users had been parking in charge points all day but Cllr Fintan Phelan said the local authority needed to look at it again.

Speaking at the July meeting of Carlow Municipal District, he said: “There are other ways of looking at a charge. Users could charge their vehicles for the first hour for free, then a charge.

“We need to look at it again, rather than charging from the get go, it is a barrier.”

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Cllr John Cassin said: “Charging users is a bit shortsighted.”

Cllr Andrea Dalton – who herself owns an electric car but charges it privately – said if a car is charging and actively charging then it should be free to park there if the county is to be in line with Government policy.

“We should be encouraging people to use them. If the car is charging, they should be allowed to charge for free. These charges were only brought in in the last while," Cllr Dalton added.

In a statement to Carlow Live, the ESB said: “There is no such levy on ESB’s public charging infrastructure.

“To be clear, access and use of the public charging infrastructure remains available at no cost, in Carlow and at over 1,100 charge point locations across the island of Ireland.

“To gain access to the public charge point network, the customer needs an ESB charge point access card. Further information is available at:https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/register-for-charging

“Note that parking charges, which can apply to vehicles while charging at public charge points, are a matter for the relevant local authority.

“We’ve one rapid charger near Carlow Town, four more regular on-street chargers in the town, one in Bagenalstown and one in Tullow, as per our real-time map:https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/charge-point-map”