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Ukraine: New Law Makes Charging Stations More Accessible and Requires Designated Lanes for Electric Vehicles

(Sept. 24, 2019) On July 11, 2019, the president of Ukraine signed into a law a bill on facilitating access to charging stations and requiring designated lanes for electric vehicles. (Law of Ukraine on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Creating Access to Charging Station Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles, July 11, 2019). The law enters into force on January 1, 2020.

The law amended the Code of Administrative Violations to establish fines of 20 to 30 times the gross minimum monthly incomes (about US$3,000 to $4,050) for stopping or parking nonelectric vehicles in parking spaces designated for vehicles with electric engines. The same fine applies for blocking or obstructing electric or hybrid cars from parking in such parking spaces. Nonelectric vehicles parked in such spaces that block traffic or threaten traffic safety can be towed or booted by law enforcement. (§ I(1), (2), (6).)

Under the new Law, the cabinet of ministers is responsible for drafting implementing legislation within six months from the date the law is officially published and for bringing existing legislation in compliance with current law. These changes will give drivers of electric vehicles approximately the same rights enjoyed by drivers with disabilities. The relevant ministries must also within six months provide for the introduction of new signs that reserve special lanes on roads and parking spaces for the use of electric vehicles. In addition, cars equipped with electric engines must be issued distinctive plates with green lettering within six months from the day the law is published. (§ II(2), (3).)

Ukraine’s government has already created a favorable tax and customs regime for importing and purchasing electric vehicles. Additionally, in December 2018, the State Energy Regulator determined that providing electric charging services is not considered supplying electricity and therefore does not require a license.

Statistics indicate that Ukraine experienced a nearly 50% increase in primary registrations of electric cars in May 2019 compared to the previous year and that the network of charging stations is expanding rapidly as well.