New York State Local Technical Assistance Program

If a village installs electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on public parking lots where parking enforcement regulations apply, are there any standards for pavement markings for the charging station areas? For example, should we use green paint for markings?


Currently, no

According to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD,) the standard for parking spaces “shall” be white, or blue to supplement the white for spaces for disabilities only. (3B.19)

The MUTCD provides no allowance for special colored pavement markings for parking spaces, other than the blue allowed for spaces for persons with disabilities. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA,) discourages the use of green-colored pavement markings for the use of identifying EV charging stations, even in off-street parking lots, because green-colored pavement is under interim approval for use in bicycle lanes, and the FHWA intends to keep the meaning of the green markings uniform so that all road users immediately understand it.


FHWA Resources:

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