BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 23. Kazakh legislators are looking to prohibit car parking in proximity to electric vehicle charging stations, Trend reports, citing Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan.
The relevant legislation has been submitted to the Mazhilis of the Parliament.
The proposed fine for the offense is up to five monthly calculation indices. One monthly calculation index currently equals 3,450 Kazakh tenge ($7.5).
Electric charging stations are defined by the legislators as buildings, structures and equipment, as well as single stations for charging cars with electric engines.
Additionally, the legislation aims to allow hybrids and electric vehicles to drive on dedicated lanes for public transport, exempt from parking fees, and create special parking lots for them.
Kazakhstan has a very low number of electric vehicles (EV). Specialists indicate that the key reason that makes this type of vehicle unpopular is the lack of charging units. There are 56 charging stations in the country, with 75 percent of them located in Almaty and Astana. Considering the size of the country, this makes it impossible to travel by EVs.
The concept for the development of the electric energy industry until 2035, developed by the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan, assumes an increase in the number of electric vehicles in Kazakhstan to 1,100 units by 2025, up to 6,300 by 2030, followed by a significant growth to 40,200 by 2035.