T&E Item 1
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 32-13, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Off-Street Public Parking
Bill 32-13, Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Off-Street Public Parking Regulations - Plug-in
Vehicles, sponsored by Councilmembers Riemer, Berliner, Andrews, and Council Vice President
Leventhal, was introduced on December 10. A public hearing was held on January 28.
Bill 32-13 would prohibit parking of a non-plug-in vehicle in an off-street parking space
reserved for plug-in vehicles that is open to the public. Plug-in vehicle parking spaces with a
recharging station are becoming more popular as plug-in electric vehicles become more available
in the County. There is currently no prohibition on parking a non plug-in vehicle in a parking
space reserved for a plug-in electric vehicle.
Although property owners have posted signs prohibiting parking a non plug-in vehicle in
a parking space reserved for a plug-in electric vehicle, the Police cannot issue a parking citation
without a law prohibiting this. This Bill would permit the Police to issue a parking citation for a
violation and thereby encourage parking lot owners to install parking spaces with a recharging
station reserved for plug-in vehicles. A violation would be a Class B Violation under County
Code §31-51 with a maximum penalty of $100 for an initial offense. The actual fine would be
set by Council resolution under Code §2-57
The availability of recharging stations in the
County should encourage the use of plug-in electric vehicles.
The lone speaker at the January 28 public hearing, Lanny Hartmann, supported the Bill
with amendments. See ©4. We also received written testimony supporting the Bill with
amendments from Charlie Garlow, President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater
Washington D.C. (©7) and Bob Bruninga (©8). Each of these speakers recommended
modifying the definition of a plug-in electric vehicle to include a vehicle that has been converted
from a gasoline vehicle and a vehicle with a maximum speed less than 65 miles per hour.