Safety when charging
Somerset County Council recognises the significant benefits of Electric Vehicles (EV), particularly in relation to air quality and public health, and that usage of electric vehicles by our residents is increasing. However, it is important to consider public safety when placing the cable from the power supply in your home to your vehicle and it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that the cable does not cause a danger of nuisance to the public.
If you do charge your car at home, we would like to bring to your attention the following.
- Charging your vehicle on the street by trailing a cable across the pavement is not permitted.
- Cables across the path, or hanging overhead are a hazard, and it is an offence under The Highways Act to place wires or other apparatus across a path that are likely to post a danger to the public.
- You are potentially liable if someone were to trip and injure themselves, you could be held responsible.
- At present our advice is that people should not trail cables across public highways in any manner, including the use of a cable protector, cable ramp or any adaptive infrastructure which could pose a trip hazard to pedestrians.
The Council recognise that not everyone has off street parking and are in the process of compiling a list of locations where EV users can charge their vehicle. Information is also available at https://www.zap-map.com/