A. A motor vehicle, including a leased or reserved motor vehicle, used by a carrier or Transportation Network Operator shall:
(1) Comply with Transportation Article, Title 22, Annotated Code of Maryland, relating to required equipment on motor vehicles;
(2) Comply with 49 CFR 393, as amended, which is incorporated by reference, relating to required equipment on motor vehicles operated in Maryland;
(3) Be equipped with:
(a) Except for a vehicle with a manufacturer’s rated seating capacity of eight or fewer passengers, a light or lights within the motor vehicle arranged to illuminate the entire interior except for the area occupied by the driver; and
(b) A heating system, and an air conditioning system if the air conditioning system was originally installed by the vehicle manufacturer;
(4) Be identified by a distinctive number, and have the name, trade name, or company logo conspicuously displayed, unless waived by the Transportation Division of the Commission or, if the vehicle is a Transportation Network Operator Vehicle, be identified by a removable insignia as specified in Regulation .24 of this chapter, and in the Transportation Network Company’s digital platform by providing the Transportation Network Operator Vehicle license plate number and a picture of the Transportation Network Operator;
(5) Be kept clean and sanitary; and
(6) After July 1, 2016, not exceed more than 10 model years of age, unless the vehicle already has a Commission permit, and proof of semi-annual safety inspections, conforming to the requirements of §B(2) of this regulation is submitted to the Commission, or the vehicle is an historic motor vehicle as defined in Transportation Article, §13-936, Annotated Code of Maryland, or the vehicle exceeds 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
(1) Except for vehicles over 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), an owner of a motor vehicle or a Transportation Network Operator shall have the motor vehicle inspected and certified annually by a facility licensed by the State to perform motor vehicle safety inspections, no later than the annual anniversary of the date the vehicle permit was issued, or as otherwise directed by the Commission.
(2) The Commission may accept an inspection certificate issued by a facility licensed by an adjacent state or the District of Columbia to perform motor vehicle safety inspections, if the Commission determines or has previously determined that the vehicle inspection standards of that jurisdiction are materially the same as those adopted by the Maryland State Police.
(3) Upon presenting proper identification, the Commission or its representative may enter a motor vehicle for the purpose of inspecting the vehicle, vehicle equipment, or records of the carrier.
(4) A representative of the Commission, after inspection and a determination that a motor vehicle does not comply with the requirements of this chapter, may require:
(a) The repair or replacement of the motor vehicle;
(b) That the motor vehicle be removed from service pending the repair or replacement; and
(c) That a Transportation Network Operator or an owner of a motor vehicle, which has been removed from service for repair, provide evidence of the repair.
(5) The Commission may require an owner of a motor vehicle, a Transportation Network Operator, or a Transportation Network Company on behalf of a Transportation Network Operator, to provide a valid inspection certificate to verify the inspection required under this section.
(6) Upon receipt of a customer complaint, the Commission may order a motor carrier, or vehicle operator, including a Transportation Network Operator, to present the subject vehicle for inspection by a Commission representative. In the alternative, if the complaint alleges a safety issue that is addressed by the annual safety inspection, the Commission may require the motor carrier, operator, or Transportation Network Operator to have the vehicle inspected in a licensed facility conforming to the requirements of §B(1) or (2) of this regulation, and provide an inspection certificate to the Commission.
(7) At the direction of the Commission, an owner of a motor vehicle over 10,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) shall present the motor vehicle for inspection by a Commission representative.