Bill No.                32-13                        

Concerning: Motor Vehicles and Traffic – Off-Street Public Parking Regulations – Plug-in Vehicles             

Revised:  February 27, 2014 Draft No.    4         

Introduced:      December 10, 2013        

Enacted:         March 4, 2014                

Executive:       March 12, 2014              

Effective:        June 11, 2014                

Sunset Date:  None                             

Ch.   2      , Laws of Mont. Co.    2014    


County Council

For Montgomery County, Maryland


By: Councilmembers Riemer, Berliner, Andrews, and Vice President Leventhal


AN ACT to:

(1)        define a plug-in vehicle;

(2)        prohibit parking of a vehicle that is not a plug-in vehicle in a public parking space reserved for plug-in vehicles; and

(3)        generally amend the laws governing off-street public parking in the County.          


By adding

            Montgomery County Code

            Chapter 31, Motor Vehicles and Traffic

            Article IV, Off-Street Public Parking Regulations

            Section 31-26B



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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:

          Sec. 1.  Section 31-26B is added as follows:

31-26B.  Parking spaces reserved for a plug-in vehicle.

(a)     In this Section, a plug-in vehicle means a vehicle that:

(1)     is made by a vehicle manufacturer;

(2)     is manufactured primarily for use on a public street, road, and highway;

(3)     [[has not been modified from the original manufacturer’s specifications;

(4)]]   has a rated unloaded gross vehicle weight of no more than 8,500 pounds;

[[(5)]] (4)     has a maximum speed capability of at least [[65]] 55 miles per hour; and

[[(6)]] (5)     is propelled to a significant extent by an electric motor that draws electricity from a battery that:

(A)    for a 4-wheeled vehicle, has a capacity of at least 4 kilowatt-hours;

(B)     for a 2-wheeled or a 3-wheeled vehicle, has a capacity of at least 2.5 kilowatt-hours; and

(C)     can be recharged from an external source of electricity.

(b)     Plug-in vehicle includes a qualifying vehicle that has been modified from the original manufacturer’s specifications.

(c)      A person may not stop, stand, or park a vehicle that is not a plug-in vehicle in a space that:

(1)     is marked for the use of plug-in vehicles with an official sign that conforms to regulations adopted pursuant to Section 31-23; and

(2)     provides access to a plug-in vehicle recharging station.