Town of University Park, MD
Prince George's County
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No person shall park or store:
A. 
Any dismantled, inoperative or not validly licensed vehicle unless it is stored in an enclosed garage.
[Effective 6-11-1986]
B. 
More than one trailer on his property. The trailer shall not be parked on any street or alley or between the front building line and the adjoining public way.
C. 
Any vehicle registered or licensed as a truck upon any public street or alley, except while loading or unloading passengers or freight or while actually in use in connection with a service call in the immediate area, unless the owner of such vehicle is a resident of University Park, and the Mayor and Council approve a permit for parking or storing such vehicle upon a finding that off-street parking facilities cannot be provided on the premises of the owner of such vehicle and that parking or storage of such vehicle does not adversely affect vehicular or pedestrian traffic. This provision shall not apply to any recreational or van-type vehicle or pick-up truck with a 3/4 ton or less manufacturer's rated capacity, without regard to the license tag designation of the vehicle, which is owned by residents of the Town of University Park, used primarily for personal transportation and does not display any form of commercial advertising on the body of, or affixed to, the vehicle. The term "truck" shall be defined to include buses for transportation of 12 or more persons and vehicles licensed as taxicabs.
No person shall park, store, or use in the Town any trailer over 30 feet long which was originally designed as a non-mobile dwelling unit or a commercial facility.
A. 
Modification of mufflers. No person shall operate on any Town roadway a vehicle in which the noise abatement or control device has been modified to allow a greater volume of noise.
[Effective 6-5-1983]
B. 
Limitations on vehicle type. All noise limitations shall be based on decibel levels at a distance of 50 feet from the center line of travel of the vehicle. No person shall operate on any Town roadway an vehicle specified below which exceed the following noise levels:
(1) 
86 decibels for a vehicle towing or capable of carrying 8,000 pounds or more;
(2) 
82 decibels for any motorcycle; or
(3) 
76 decibels for all other vehicles.
A. 
Abandoned vehicle. An abandoned vehicle is any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailor that is on:
(1) 
Public property and is:
(a) 
Left inoperable or unattended for 72 hours or more;
(b) 
Illegally stopped or parked;
(c) 
Not displaying currently valid license plates registered to that vehicle; or
(d) 
Wrecked or disabled; or
(2) 
Private property for 72 hours or more and is:
(a) 
Inoperable, in that one or more of its major mechanical components, including but not limited to engine, transmission, drive train, and wheels, is missing or not functional, unless such vehicle is kept in a wholly enclosed garage; or
(b) 
Not displaying currently valid license plates registered to that vehicle.
(3) 
Any partially dismantled, wrecked or junked motor vehicle may be presumed to have been abandoned.
B. 
Removal. The Town police may remove or have removed from any Town property or roadway, and any private property, any vehicle which is abandoned. The police officer responsible for the removal of the vehicle shall promptly notify its owner of the circumstances of the removal. All vehicles removed and taken into custody by the Town police shall be released only to the owner or to another jurisdiction with a valid warrant for it. No vehicle shall be released until all towing and custody charges have been paid. These charges shall be in addition to any fines or penalties resulting from the issuance of a municipal infraction or other citation.
C. 
Notice. Before the Town shall remove and impound a vehicle pursuant to this section, it shall issue a notice to the vehicle owner, and if on private property, the property owner, stating the violation of the Town Code and providing seven days for removal of the vehicle or correction of the violation.
D. 
Impoundment of vehicles from public property without prior notice. A vehicle is subject to impoundment, without the notice required by Subsection C, by the Chief of Police or his designee when it is on public property under the following circumstances:
(1) 
When the vehicle is impeding or is likely to impede the normal flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic;
(2) 
When the vehicle is parked where parking is prohibited during certain hours, on designated days or at all times, and where such vehicle is interfering with the proper and intended use of such zones;
(3) 
When the vehicle poses an immediate danger to the public safety;
(4) 
When the operator of the vehicle has been taken into custody and impoundment of the vehicle is reasonably necessary to provide for the safekeeping of the vehicle;
(5) 
When the vehicle is found parked in a reserved parking space such as a handicapped space or a space reserved for Town or County officials or law enforcement personnel; or
(6) 
When the vehicle is abandoned.
Procedures for impounding a vehicle shall be as set forth in Subsection E of this section.
E. 
Disposition. Abandoned vehicles may be taken into custody and disposed of by the Town at the direction of the Chief of Police as follows, and substantially in conformance with the manner specified in §§ 25-204 through 25-210 of the Transportation Article, Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended. The Town may use its own personnel and equipment, including towing equipment, or that of others, to remove, preserve and store abandoned vehicles.
(1) 
The last known registered owner is presumed to be the owner of a vehicle at the time it is abandoned.
(2) 
As soon as reasonably possible, and within seven days of the Town impounding a vehicle, the Chief of Police or his designee shall notify the owner and any secured parties by certified mail that the vehicle is in custody. The notice shall be in compliance with Maryland Code Annotated, Transportation Article, Section 25-204B and C.
(3) 
If the Chief of Police or his designee is unable to determine the identity of the owner or secured parties on the vehicle, he/she may provide notice of the impoundment by publication.
(4) 
If a vehicle is not reclaimed within three weeks of the date of the notice of impoundment, the owner or secured party is deemed to have waived all of his right, title and interest in the vehicle and to have consented to its disposal and final disposition.
(5) 
The charge for removal, conveyance or impoundment from private property shall be charged to the owner of the vehicle and/or the resident on whose property the vehicle was stored.
F. 
Hearing. Within 21 days of the date notice is mailed by the Town pursuant to Subsection C concerning a vehicle located on private property, the owner or secured party of a vehicle may request a hearing before the Mayor and Council to determine whether there was probable cause to require removal of, or to impound, the vehicle in question.
[Effective 11-23-2005]
No person shall repair or maintain any motor vehicle on any Town roadway, except in an emergency.
A. 
No person shall stop, park or let stand any vehicle at the same location upon any street, alley, or other public property for 72 consecutive hours or more. Any vehicle left at the same location upon public property for 72 consecutive hours or more shall be considered unattended or abandoned.
B. 
No person shall stop, park, or let stand any vehicle upon any street, alley, or other public property which is stopped, parked or left standing illegally, is not displaying valid registration plates, or is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.
[Effective 2-12-1995]