City of New Carrollton, MD
Prince George's County
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A. 
No person shall park or allow to stand any vehicle on any of the City streets or public space in the City for a continuous period in excess of seventy-two (72) hours without being moved a distance of least one full vehicle length. If the vehicle is a motor vehicle, it must be moved under its own power.
B. 
Any vehicle found parked upon any City street or public space in the City is a violation of this section and may be impounded by the City Police Chief or his designee, after notice to the driver or owner of the vehicle. Such notice shall state that the vehicle is parked in violation of this section of the City Code and shall state the penalty therefor. The notice shall be attached to the vehicle and shall direct the owner or operator of the vehicle to remove the vehicle within forty-eight (48) hours.
No person shall park any motor vehicle or trailer upon City highways, roads, streets, or other public property in the City at any time, displaying any form of improper, expired, altered or incomplete registration (plates, tabs, annual windshield sticker, temporary tags, etc.), including failure to display all current plates and tabs required by law, unless otherwise in compliance with applicable state law governing lost, stolen, or damaged cards, plates or tabs; displaying improper registration plates, including any registration plate issued to another vehicle or to a person other than the owner of the vehicle; or displaying altered plates, tabs, windshield stickers or temporary tags.
A. 
No person shall stand or park a vehicle in any parking space on public or private property which is designated as parking reserved for the physically handicapped with the proper signs posted in conformance with the most recent edition of the State of Maryland Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, unless said vehicle displays a special handicapped registration plate or permit issued by the state.
B. 
Vehicles in violation of this section are subject to immediate impoundment.
Any property owner or property owner's agent may, when a vehicle is parked without authorization upon his or her private property without his consent, make a complaint to an authorized towing company stating that he or she requests that said vehicle be removed from his or her property. Said complaint shall be on a form approved by the Chief of Police and shall contain a statement made by the property owner or property owner's agent, under oath, that the vehicle which he or she seeks to have removed was parked on his or her property without his or her consent and that the vehicle was parked in an area on which a sign prohibiting unauthorized parking was clearly visible.
A. 
Notification after impoundment shall be in accordance with the following provisions.
B. 
The notice shall:
(1) 
State that the vehicle has been taken into custody for violation of the City ordinance prohibiting unauthorized parking on private property.
(2) 
State the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number of the vehicle;
(3) 
Give the location of the impoundment facility where the vehicle is held;
(4) 
Inform the vehicle owner that he or she has the right to contest the validity of the towing and storage of his or her vehicle at any time within twenty-one (21) days of the date of such notice by filing a request for hearing with the City Police on a request form which shall be included with such notice;
(5) 
Inform the owner and secured party of his or her right to reclaim the vehicle within twenty-one (21) days after the date of said notice on payment of all towing and storage charges resulting from the towing and storage of the vehicle;
(6) 
State that the failure of the owner or the secured party to exercise his or her right as provided in Subsection B(5), above, to reclaim the vehicle in the time provided is a waiver by him or her of all his or her rights, title and interest in the vehicle at public auction.
Except temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, loading or unloading passengers or for emergency repairs when the vehicle cannot be driven, no person shall park any vehicle on a public parking facility:
A. 
In violation of any of the other parking provisions of this Code;
B. 
In a "no parking zone" when posted by sign or indicated by yellow painted curb or yellow painted lines on the parking surface;
C. 
Any place not otherwise designated by painted parking spaces or otherwise prohibited, including driving aisles, driveways, raised curb channelization structures, sidewalks, landscaped areas, islands, etc.;
D. 
In an area where parking is temporarily prohibited when marked off by temporary signs or barricades or when an official cover or hood is placed over a parking meter;
E. 
So as to prevent another vehicle already stopped or otherwise legally parked in a designated parking space, from moving away;
F. 
For a period longer than twenty-four (24) hours;
G. 
By backing said vehicle into a parking space when posted by "Front In Only" signs;
H. 
In such a manner as to cause said vehicle to straddle the painted lines marking a parking space or otherwise cause the vehicle to be parked not wholly within the area of one (1) designated parking space;
I. 
And leave it unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key, and effectively setting the brake thereon; or
J. 
In such a manner so as to impede or obstruct the free flow of traffic or to cause a hazard to public safety, including parking against the normal flow of traffic (left wheels to the curb).
No unauthorized person shall stop, park, stand, or drive any motorized vehicle on any public sidewalk, public right-of-way, public utility right-of-way, trail, shoulder, field or parkland within the boundaries of the City.
A. 
No person shall leave any abandoned vehicle at any place within the City and no owner, lessee, or custodian in charge of any lot, field, road, street, lane, or other property shall permit any abandoned vehicle to remain on such property within the City.
B. 
"Abandoned vehicle" means any motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer:
(1) 
That is inoperable and left unattended on public property for more than forty-eight (48) hours;
(2) 
That has remained illegally on public property for more than forty-eight (48) hours;
(3) 
That has remained on public property for more than forty-eight (48) hours and:
(a) 
Is not displaying currently valid registration plates; or
(b) 
Is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.
(4) 
That has remained on private property for more than forty-eight (48) hours and:
(a) 
Is inoperable in that one (1) 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 an enclosed building; or
(b) 
Is not displaying currently valid registration plates; or
(c) 
Is displaying registration plates of another vehicle.
C. 
Any partially dismantled, wrecked, or junked motor vehicle may be presumed to have been or be abandoned.
A. 
Any violation of Chapter 110 of the New Carrollton City Code shall be subject to a fine which shall be a determined amount, from time to time, by resolution from the New Carrollton City Council.
B. 
All fines levied as a result of Chapter 110 are required to have payment made out to the City of New Carrollton.