11.03.01.05-1

.05-1 Commercial Vehicles and Courtesy Vehicles — General.

A. General Provisions.

(1) Except as provided in these regulations, and except for vehicles utilized by off-Airport rental car businesses, a commercial vehicle or courtesy vehicle may not conduct business at the Airport unless a permit is first obtained from the Administration and displayed as provided in these regulations.

(2) A qualified business conducting a commercial activity as defined in Regulation .01B of this chapter and its vehicles used in transporting passengers shall be approved and registered by either the Maryland Public Service Commission or the Office of Motor Carriers of the Federal Highway Administration.

(3) A permit shall be displayed on an area of the vehicle designated by the Administration.

(4) Commercial vehicles and courtesy vehicles transporting passengers to and from the Airport shall drop off passengers or pick up prearranged passengers and immediately depart the Airport. Parking is only allowed in the public parking facilities subject to current parking rates and regulations.

(5) Commercial vehicles using the Airport for delivery of merchandise shall occupy only the areas designated by the Administration and at the times designated by the Administration. These areas may be eliminated, changed, or reassigned at the discretion of the Administration.

(6) Commercial and courtesy vehicles may only pick up passengers who have a prearranged reservation with the company.

(7) Soliciting of any kind by a commercial or courtesy vehicle operator, including, but not limited to, hand signals, hand-held lights, audible devices, physical contact, voice, and signs, other than those specified in §A(8) of this regulation, is prohibited on Airport property.

(8) A commercial or courtesy vehicle operator may not hold a sign larger than 11 inches 17 inches designating the prearranged passenger's name and the company name. The company telephone number may not be displayed on the sign.

(9) Failure to abide by these regulations may result in forfeiture of the permit or denial of renewal of the permit for the following year.

(10) Fees.

(a) The fees in this subsection are established for all commercial vehicles and courtesy vehicles using the Airport.

(b) For a firm or person operating under a lease or concession contract with the Administration, which already makes payment to the Administration, payment of the fees specified in this regulation may be waived for vehicles specifically associated with the activities authorized under the lease or concession contract, but display of a valid permit on each authorized vehicle is required.

(c) For all other firms or persons, other than those meeting the conditions of §A(10)(b) of this regulation, the annual permit fee for each vehicle is $100.

(d) Fees for permits are:

(i) July 1 through September 30, per vehicle — $100;

(ii) October 1 through December 31, each vehicle — $75;

(iii) January 1 through March 31, each vehicle — $50;

(iv) April 1 through June 30, each vehicle — $25.

(11) Permits may be obtained from the Administration upon presentation of the vehicle's Maryland or other state registration card and after payment of the requisite fee. Fees are not refundable.

(12) A replacement permit to replace the original permit which has been stolen, lost, or damaged may be obtained but shall be issued only upon proof satisfactory to the Administration that the original permit has been stolen, lost, or damaged. The fee for a replacement permit is $20.

B. Denial of Permit.

(1) The Division may deny an application for a permit if:

(a) An applicant provides information on the application that is:

(i) Incomplete;

(ii) Inaccurate;

(iii) False; or

(iv) Not current;

(b) An applicant does not have the appropriate governmental authority to operate;

(c) An applicant fails to pay the filing fee; or

(d) At the time of application, the applicant or applicant's employer or contractor currently has a permit suspended or revoked.

(2) If the Division denies an application for a permit, the aggrieved applicant may appeal the Division's decision by filing an appeal with OAH in accordance with Regulation .05-3 of this chapter.

C. Prohibited Acts. While conducting commercial activity under a permit, a permit holder or its authorized operator may not:

(1) Pick up passengers who do not have a prearranged reservation with the company;

(2) Solicit by any means, including hand signals, hand-held lights, audible devices, physical contact, voice, and signs, other than a sign 11 inches 17 inches or smaller that designates information about prearranged passengers and the company name;

(3) Hold a sign larger than 11 inches 17 inches that designates information about prearranged passengers and a company name, if required;

(4) Display a company telephone number on the sign referred to in §C(3) of this regulation;

(5) Fail to display a currently valid permit on an area of the vehicle designated by the Administration;

(6) Display discourteous or inconsiderate behavior;

(7) Use profane or abusive conduct or language;

(8) Smoke while transporting a passenger;

(9) Violate Regulation .05E of this chapter as evidenced by:

(a) A conviction; or

(b) Payment of a fine provided for under that regulation;

(10) Operate a motor vehicle in a reckless or unsafe manner, or in general disregard of the State laws governing the operation of motor vehicles, as evidenced by:

(a) A conviction; or

(b) Payment of a fine provided for under the applicable State law;

(11) Operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as defined under State law, as evidenced by:

(a) A conviction; or

(b) Payment of a fine provided for under the applicable State law; or

(12) Violate any other applicable law or regulation.