Councilman seeks repeal of parking regulation

Maryland

June 13, 2006|By JOHN FRITZE | JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTER

A prohibition against parking a vehicle in the same spot on Baltimore's streets for more than 48 hours would be repealed under a City Council ordinance introduced yesterday.

The prohibition, intended to give the city authority to deal with abandoned vehicles, has caused trouble for residents who leave cars parked while on vacation only to have them towed away by the city, said Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., the bill's sponsor.

Current law allows the city to impound cars parked in the same spot continuously unless the vehicle belongs to police, the Fire Department or undertakers, though Mitchell said enforcement generally only follows a complaint by neighbors.

Mitchell's proposal, which is expected to receive a hearing in July, would require the city to develop and approve a new definition for an abandoned vehicle.

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