11.05.03.04

.04 Motor Vehicle Operations.

A. Maryland Vehicle Law.

(1) Incorporation by Reference. All provisions of Transportation Article, Titles 11—27, Annotated Code of Maryland, are hereby incorporated by reference in these regulations.

(2) Interpretation.

(a) The portions of these regulations that are identical with or included by reference with corresponding portions of the Maryland Vehicle Law shall be interpreted and construed to make uniform these regulations, except that these regulations may supplement the Maryland Vehicle Law.

(b) If these regulations conflict with the Maryland Vehicle Law and cannot be reconciled with the law as provided, the Maryland Vehicle Law prevails and controls.

(c) The provisions of the Maryland Vehicle Law as incorporated in these regulations shall be interpreted as applying to the MPA in the following manner:

(i) "Traffic control devices" shall be interpreted as referring to traffic control devices established by the MPA;

(ii) "Markings, highways, and roadways" shall be interpreted as referring to markings, highways, and roadways or thoroughfares on MPA property, including shoulders, which are used for vehicular traffic;

(iii) “MdTA Police” has the meaning stated in Regulation .02 of this chapter.

(d) Other provisions of the Maryland Vehicle Law shall be read in the context of MPA property and these regulations.

B. Registration Requirements. A motor vehicle driven on MPA property shall be registered as required by the Maryland Vehicle Law and display valid Maryland Registration Plates. However, registration is not required for motor vehicles driven on MPA property when the motor vehicle is actually being driven incidental to its handling as import or export cargo.

C. Inspection Requirements.

(1) An MdTA Police officer may require that a motor vehicle operating on MPA property meet the minimum standards set out in the Maryland Vehicle Law.

(2) Failure to comply with the requirements of inspection after an owner or operator of a motor vehicle has been notified of an equipment repair order is grounds for revocation of a permit issued under these regulations.

D. Operating Requirements. An act or omission by the operator of a motor vehicle which would constitute a violation of the Maryland Vehicle Law if committed upon a public highway or other roadway, whether or not the motor vehicle is required to have a permit with the MPA, constitutes a violation of these regulations, and a citation as authorized by the Maryland Vehicle Law may be issued. The offense may not be cited as a violation of these regulations, but shall refer instead to the particular section of the Transportation Article which has been violated.

E. Facility Speed Limits.

(1) The maximum allowable speed on MPA roadways is 30 miles per hour except as otherwise posted.

(2) The maximum allowable speed at berth, shed, and cargo areas, or at any other area not designated as a roadway, is 10 miles per hour except as otherwise posted.

(3) The maximum allowable speed on any non-posted MPA roadway is 15 miles per hour.

(4) An individual may not drive a motor vehicle on MPA property in excess of the speed limit.

F. Defacing and Injuring Signs or Devices. A person may not deface, injure, move, or interfere with any sign, standard post, safety zone, semaphore, tower, automatic signal, or other traffic control device, or any part of one, or erase, or eradicate, obliterate, or otherwise render ineffective directions, lines, or marks painted or placed on the roadway or facility surface for the purpose of directing the flow of traffic or the parking of motor vehicles.

G. Accidents and Reporting.

(1) Accidents. A vehicle operator involved in an accident with another motor vehicle or with a pedestrian shall stop the motor vehicle as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic, and immediately return to and remain at the scene of the accident until the vehicle operator has:

(a) Rendered reasonable assistance to an individual injured in the accident;

(b) Promptly reported the accident to the MdTA Police;

(c) Given to the occupant or other individual attending any other motor vehicle involved in the accident and to the responding MdTA Police officer the:

(i) Vehicle operator's name and address; and

(ii) Permit number or other identifying information of the motor vehicle the vehicle operator is operating; and

(d) Upon request, shown the vehicle operator's driver's license to the occupant or individual attending any other motor vehicle involved in the accident.

(2) Collision with Unattended Motor Vehicles or Real or Personal Property. Any vehicle operator who collides with an unattended motor vehicle or with any real or personal property shall:

(a) Stop;

(b) Notify the MdTA Police;

(c) Locate the operator or owner of the motor vehicle or property and notify him of the accident, giving him the name and address of both the vehicle operator and the owner of the motor vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or property.

(3) Report. The operator or owner of the motor vehicle involved in an accident immediately shall notify the MdTA Police and remain at the scene until their arrival. A copy of any accident report form required to be filed under Transportation Article, Title 20, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall be filed with the MdTA Police.

H. Restrictions on Special Vehicles.

(1) The operation of any two-wheeled motor vehicle or self-propelled vehicle on MPA property shall be approved in writing by the MPA Office of Security or designee.

(2) Unlicensed motor vehicles approved for use on MPA property are prohibited from using public roadways unless authorized by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

(3) Without advance written approval, bicycles and other self-propelled vehicles are prohibited on MPA terminals.