Public comments for: DOT Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Traffic Rules--Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Comments

Comment:
I would like to announce my unequivocal support for this proposed rule. It is essential and urgent that New York City increase infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and put in effect parking rules that prevent ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles from parking and standing in these spots. One of the only reasons I still haven't purchased an electric vehicle is because of how difficult the charging situation in the city currently is. The more legislation and infrastructure is put in place by the city, the more city residents will see that EVs are a no-brainer. The DOT will also have an opportunity to create a new revenue stream by charging for charging (no pun intended). I hope to see this implemented very soon on the streets of New York City.
Agency: DOT
Comment:
As the city looks to the future needs of its transportation system, EVs will play a growing role because these vehicles are cleaner, quieter, easier to maintain, and, most important, simpler to power. Furthermore, by encouraging the adoption of EVs, the city will reduce the negative impact of the storage and delivery of fossil fuels. A broad network of EV charging station should be the ultimate design goal. Broad in scale and readily available in the existing transportation grid would be most beneficial. Charging stations constructed in existing public parking facilities should be the first priority. Then followed by level 2 charger installations on the many city residential streets. Chargers integrated into street lighting structures for wired systems and ultimately combined with below grade wireless systems. Currently, the city is behind in building a viable charging network, and also in the adoption of EVs. The widespread adoption of small EVs (electric Smart Cars, BMW i3s, Tesla Model 3s, etc.) should be encouraged by tax credits, rebates and/or registration incentive savings as part of an overall charging network build out. I own and operate an EV, a BMW i3REX. I have one high-speed station that is convenient in Queens at a local 7/11 sponsored by the EVgo network. On occasion, I can charge off the street at my Manhattan residence by a jerry-rigged connection to a basement 220v line. We need convenient on-street chargers and I hope the adoption of these amended rules will be followed by a serious effort to expand EV charging in NYC.
Agency: DOT
Comment:
The law is too complicated to be enforced fairly. Look at intercity bus permit rules that were put out a few years ago. The law was written too complicated to be interpreted by an attorney let alone a traffic cop... 98% of the violations issued for those rules ($515 violations) were actually issued to charter buses, which had nothing to do with the regulations, and even the APPEALS court upheld the tickets as valid. You cannot trust what these laws as they are proposed, because they will be enforced by the police and the courts MUCH differently!!!
Agency: DOT
Comment:
The law is too complicated to be enforced fairly. Look at intercity bus permit rules that were put out a few years ago. The law was written too complicated to be interpreted by an attorney let alone a traffic cop... 98% of the violations issued for those rules ($515 violations) were actually issued to charter buses, which had nothing to do with the regulations, and even the APPEALS court upheld the tickets as valid. You cannot trust what these laws as they are proposed, because they will be enforced by the police and the courts MUCH differently!!!
Agency: DOT
Comment:
I think this is a great idea. I would like to seen many more charging stations installed. I have a solar installation company and it would be great to install charging stations for people in front of their homes at the same time. People would pay for it. Just need a permitting process from the DOT. Folks could then make money by letting other people use their charging stations. Electric vehicles will make the city cleaner and quieter. Both great things!
Agency: DOT