MACo, Bill Sponsor Develop Electric Vehicle Enforcement Fix

The House Environment & Transportation Committee heard House Bill 36, Vehicle Laws – Plug-In Electric Drive Vehicles – Reserved Parking Spaces on Thursday, January 26. The bill would create a statewide scheme for enforcing parking spaces set aside for plug-in electric drive vehicles.

MACo testified that the bill as introduced would unwisely limit enforcement options. However, after MACo worked with the bill sponsor’s office, the sponsor agreed to offer amendments that would address MACo’s concerns, allowing MACo to drop its opposition. From MACo’s testimony:

MACo does not contest the effort to make this violation a statewide offense. In fact, many counties already enforce this under local laws. However, terms of the bill requiring local governments comply with towing provisions applicable to private parking lot owners under Subtitle 10A of Maryland Vehicle Law, Title 21, have the unintended consequence of prohibiting local governments from being able to enforce the terms of this bill in many cases.

Additionally, using green paint markings violates the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), adopted into Federal law under 23 C.F.R 665 and adapted into the Maryland MUTCD pursuant to Maryland Code, Transportation Article, Section 25-104. MUTCD, Section 3A.05 states, “Markings shall be yellow, white, red, blue, or purple.”

MACo’s testimony is available here.