That's the exact same boilerplate that I got from Clarence Lam 5 days ago. Of course it doesn't make any sense. The vast majority of parking tickets are for parking in a no parking zone, or outside of posted time limits, or for an expired meter. There is almost never any pavement markings for these tickets. Only signs. I'd love to have a video of a Maryland police officer testifying that parking tickets aren't enforcible unless there is pavement markings. I'd bring it to court to fight my wife's next parking ticket!Message I received back from Seamus McNamara, Legislative Director
We have added an amendment so that the pavement markings can be in a different form on roadways and lots that must adhere to federal regulations under the MUTCD, but the pavement markings are required more broadly in order for the law to be enforceable in Maryland. Here is the explanation I have sent to others asking about this issue:
As much as we would like to have a simple bill that simply adds fines for parking in existing EV charging spaces with existing signs, that simply is not possible. We need to take certain steps in order to ensure that this is enforceable state wide. Unfortunately, we have been told by law enforcement that they need to see two things in order to enforce any parking violation: 1) a sign conforming to the standard set forth in law (we will be creating a statewide standard with this bill), and 2) some kind of pavement markings to indicate that the spot is a type of reserved space or no parking zone. Here again it seems best to try to come up with a uniform standard for that whole state. This means that lot owners will need to purchase new signs and will need to put down pavement markings in order for this law to be enforceable on their properties, there is just no way of getting around that.
Thank you for contacting us about this issue. I hope my explanation has shed some light into our thought process in crafting this legislation. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.