NEIGHBORS have criticized EV charging cables – many snaking across sidewalks and hanging in front of windows.
The “technically illegal” and “enormously dangerous” technology is used by EV drivers who do not have access to a charging point near their home.
A video uploaded to TikTok by @thefastcharge reported that “cities are installing lantern chargers” to make streets safer.
Living Streets, a charity that promotes “everyday walking,” had previously warned about “sluggish cables” on sidewalks.
The charity’s director of policy and communications, Tanya Braun, said: “The rollout of EV charging stations should not come at the expense of pedestrians.”
“Tow cables pose a serious problem for people with wheelchairs, strollers or guide dogs, preventing them from getting around easily and safely.”
The clip then explains how cable ducts are being discussed as a viable alternative for EV owners.
“Some say that this would be a better way to solve this problem as people can use their own power supply and it might be easier to share the chargers with their neighbors,” the spokesman continues.
“But I can’t begin to imagine the amount of bureaucracy it will take to get Council approval.”
Many flocked to the comments to condemn the decision to own an electric vehicle over a diesel for the reasons given.
“Why do people buy electric cars when they don’t have access or have such difficulties, too much stress for a car,” said one.
Another user added, “It’s still a trip hazard.”
A third chimed in: “Imagine the damage claims with those cables everywhere.”