Charles County, MD
 
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[Adopted 10-4-1994 by Ord. No. 94-61; amended in its entirety 2-28-2012 by Bill No. 2012-01]
In this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUS
Every motor vehicle except school buses, designed for carrying more than 10 passengers and used for the transportation of persons; and every motor vehicle, other than a taxicab, designed and used for the transportation of persons for compensation.
HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle and tandem axle trailer or semitrailer designed and used for carrying freight or merchandise or used in furtherance of any commercial enterprise that has:
A. 
A gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 10,000 pounds;
B. 
A manufacturer's rated capacity of more than one ton;
C. 
A length of more than 21 feet measured from the extremes of the vehicle, including any object loaded on the vehicle; or
D. 
A height of more than eight feet with properly inflated tires, measured from the ground to the highest part of the vehicle, including racks, but not antennas. A heavy commercial vehicle does not include a motor vehicle owned by the County or other governmental agency or a farm machine or vehicle used for agriculture.
PUBLIC CONTRACTOR'S VEHICLE
Any commercial vehicle engaged in the performance of work within a street, highway or other public property when such work is contracted for by any state, County, or municipal agency or public utility.
UTILITY TRAILER
A general-use vehicle designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. A utility trailer includes a:
A. 
Homemade trailer;
B. 
Small box trailer;
C. 
Freight trailer;
D. 
Semi-freight trailer;
E. 
Boat trailer;
F. 
Camping trailer;
G. 
Tent trailer;
H. 
Travel trailer;
I. 
Flatbed trailer; and
J. 
Horse trailer.
VEHICLE
Any appliance moved over a highway on wheels or traction tread, including streetcars, draft animals and beasts of burden, automobiles, motorcycles, motorbikes, motor-propelled carts and wagons and every vehicle propelled by an internal-combustion engine or any trailer.
It shall be unlawful in Charles County for any person to:
A. 
Stop, stand or park a vehicle.
(1) 
In front of a public driveway;
(2) 
On a sidewalk;
(3) 
Over a sidewalk;
(4) 
In such a manner as to block a sidewalk;
(5) 
In an intersection or within 20 feet of an intersection radius (where the pavement begins to curve for the cross-street) or opposite a side street at a T intersection;
(6) 
On a crosswalk;
(7) 
On a two-way roadway with the left-hand wheels at the curb or roadway edge of the opposite direction lane; or
(8) 
Where stopping, standing or parking a vehicle is prohibited by an official sign.
B. 
Stand or park a vehicle.
(1) 
At a curb indicated to be a fire lane, if properly signed;
(2) 
In front of a private driveway without the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises;
(3) 
Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;
(4) 
Within 30 feet of the approach to any stop sign, yield sign, flashing signal or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;
(5) 
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station or within 75 feet on the highway opposite to the driveway entrance, if properly signed;
(6) 
On the roadway side of any other vehicle that is stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a highway;
(7) 
On a curve or hill where solid lines on the surface of the roadway indicate a zone in which passing is prohibited;
(8) 
On a one-way roadway with its right-hand wheels more than 12 inches from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or with its left-hand wheels more than 12 inches from the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway;
(9) 
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant; or
(10) 
Within 10 feet of a driveway (measured from the nearest edge of the driveway flare or where the pavement begins to curve for the driveway).
C. 
Park a vehicle.
(1) 
Within 50 feet of the nearest rail in a railroad grade crossing; or
(2) 
On any property owned by the Charles County Commissioners, Charles County Board of Education or the College of Southern Maryland where parking is prohibited by an official sign.
(3) 
Park heavy commercial vehicles, utility trailers, or buses on a public roadway where truck, trailer and bus parking is prohibited by official signs unless it is:
(a) 
A vehicle engaged in loading or unloading passengers, merchandise or materials;
(b) 
A vehicle used by the owner or operator when engaged in work on the property abutting the street;
(c) 
A bus that stops for a period of time, not to exceed 30 minutes, to maintain a schedule at an authorized terminal stand for a bus route operating under a permit from the State Public Service Commission;
(d) 
A vehicle that is involuntarily parked because of mechanical failure or other emergency for 48 hours or less; or
(e) 
A public contractor's vehicle as defined in § 287-7.
(4) 
The County may prohibit parking of heavy commercial vehicles, utility trailers and buses on a County public road or a portion thereof when:
(a) 
Requested in writing by either a majority of property owners along the road or portion of road to be posted or by the homeowners' association for the neighborhood, provided that the road also meets the following criteria:
[1] 
Road classification of either a local road or a minor collector;
[2] 
Road located within the Development District, Planned Unit Development (PUD) or Waterfront Planned Community (WPC) Zones; and
[3] 
Road with one or both sides abutting property zoned for residential use.
(b) 
Or when deemed appropriate by the County Commissioners.
D. 
Stop, stand or park a vehicle in a parking space for use of an individual with disabilities or otherwise reserved for the handicapped, unless the vehicle bears a special registration plate, windshield placard or other valid permit issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, another state or the District of Columbia.
A. 
Any person who violates any provision of § 287-8 of this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine:
(1) 
Of $20 for each violation of any of the provisions in § 287-8 A, B, or C of this article; and
(2) 
Of $500 for each violation of the provisions of § 287-8D of this article.
B. 
Each day a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.
The Office of the Sheriff or any other duly authorized law enforcement agency may remove and impound a vehicle that is left unattended on a public road, highway, alley or parking lot in violation of a law, ordinance or order regarding the parking of vehicles or on a public road, highway, alley or parking lot for an unreasonable length of time so as to impede the movement of traffic or constitute a threat to public safety and shall charge the owner of the vehicle that is impounded the costs of towing, storage and other charges incurred in connection with the removal and impoundment of the vehicle.
Sworn members of the Office of the Sheriff are authorized to issue citations for violations of this article.
A. 
Whenever an officer discovers a vehicle in violation of this article, the officer shall:
(1) 
Attach a citation to the vehicle in a conspicuous place if the operator of the vehicle is not present; or
(2) 
Deliver the citation to the operator if present.
B. 
The officer shall retain a copy of the citation which shall include the officer's certification under penalty of perjury that the facts stated in the citation are true.
C. 
Whenever an unattended [motor] vehicle is found in violation of the provisions of this article, the registered owner of the vehicle is presumed to be the person receiving the citation.
D. 
The person receiving a citation under this article shall:
(1) 
Pay for the parking violation directly to the Charles County Treasurer; or
(2) 
Elect to stand trial for the violation.
E. 
Failure to pay the fine or stand trial or to otherwise obey the citation shall result in the vehicle registration renewal being withheld and additional handling and delinquent fees imposed until the required payment is made.
F. 
Every citation issued under this article shall contain a notice to the recipient how to pay the fine or elect to stand trial and the effect of failure to pay the fine or failure to appear for trial.
G. 
If a person elects to stand trial and desires the presence at trial of the officer who issued the citation, the person must notify the Charles County Sheriff's Office, in writing, within 15 days of receipt of the citation. If proper written notification is not given, the officer need not appear at the trial, and the copy of the citation bearing the certification of the officer is prima facie evidence of the facts stated in it.
It is the intent of this article to implement and exercise those powers authorized by Subtitle 3 of Title 26, Transportation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, which are not self-executing. Accordingly, the provisions of this article are additional to and not a substitution for any and all of the provisions of Subtitle 3 of Title 26 which are hereby incorporated herein by reference. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this article and the incorporated provisions of Subtitle 3 of Title 26, the provisions of this article shall control.