Charging station does not turn supermarket into filling station

Charging station does not turn supermarket into filling station

If a supermarket offers a charging station for e-cars in its customer car park, it must still comply with the law on shop opening hours and may not open on Sundays. This was decided by the Administrative Court of Berlin (AZ: 4 L 162/21). The complaint was filed by the operator of an organic supermarket, who wanted to use an exception in the law because of the charging station in the car park.

Petrol stations are also allowed to open on Sundays and public holidays. This was prohibited by the district authority - in this case rightly so, as the administrative judges ruled.

The reasoning of the court: The applicant does not operate a filling station. It is not important whether a charging station for e-vehicles even falls under the term filling station. Because the applicant has not credibly shown that the charging station is offered commercially. The charging option is rather a subordinate ancillary service to the actual operation of the supermarket. The offer is directed free of charge exclusively to customers and thus primarily serves the purpose of customer loyalty.lifepr.de