New Towing Signage

November 16th, 2012 No Comments

New Towing Legislation in MD

As of October 1, 2012, community associations throughout the state of Maryland must comply with new towing laws prior to towing or removing a vehicle from association property. The new towing laws affect all Maryland associations that have more than three common area/common element parking spaces.

New signage provisions require every community association that tows vehicles from common spaces to have at least one sign for every 7,500 square feet of parking space. Each sign must:

  1. Be at least 24 inches high and 30 inches wide;
  2. Be clearly visible to the driver of a motor vehicle entering or being parked in the parking lot;
  3. State the location to which the vehicle will be towed or removed and the name of the towing company;
  4. State the hours during which the vehicle may be reclaimed. (State law requires that the vehicle be available for reclamation 24 hours per day, 7 days per week);
  5. State the maximum amount that the owner of the vehicle may be charged for the towing or removal of the vehicle;
  6. Provide the telephone number of a person who can be contacted to arrange for the reclaiming of the vehicle by its owner or the owner’s agent.

*You may have noticed that old signage has been replaced or that new signage has been erected throughout the community. These recent signage changes are a direct result of the legislation mentioned above.

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