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Parking and Traffic Control Procedure - 63.09.06

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Howard Community College (HCC) parking and traffic control procedures are designed to promote pedestrian and vehicular safety on campus and to ensure access at all times for emergency vehicles. All students and full- and part-time employees are required to display a current hangtag parking permit. This permit is to be visibly displayed through the front windshield. The public safety office will issue the hangtags or stickers once the vehicle information and photo identification are produced by a student or employee. Temporary employees and students working 18 hours a week or more on campus for the college may have a current, validated hangtag issued by the public safety office, which allows parking in staff lots. Spaces designated by signs and blue, green, or yellow lines may be used only by persons with the proper hangtags, license plates, stickers, or permits. Blue lines designate disabled spaces, green lines designate electric, low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles and carpool parking, and yellow lines designate staff spaces.

Level 2 charging stations for electric vehicles are located on the first floor of the East Garage and second floor of the West Garage. Level 2 means that the charging stations charge electric car batteries only. These chargers are for use by HCC students, faculty, and staff. There is no cost to charge. The operator must use a “ChargePoint” card or mobile phone app. Verification is required using the operator’s HCC email account. Operators should contact the college’s facilities office for information and assistance.

Charging station spaces are reserved for electric vehicles and are not to be used for general parking. The vehicle must be connected to the charger while in a charging station. Charging time is limited to two hours. Stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Operators must charge and move the vehicle out of the station. Charging stations are available only during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Violators will be ticketed or towed.

A listing of low emission and high efficiency (LEHE) vehicles is maintained by the US Green Car Council. To apply for the LEHE vehicle sticker, documentation (i.e., vehicle manual) must be submitted to the public safety office. Public safety will issue stickers for approved vehicles that must be placed on the right rear bumper.

Carpool spaces are reserved for vehicles with at least three occupants and display a valid car pool permit from the environmental health and safety supervisor. Complete parking and traffic regulations are available in the public safety office.

All vehicle operators are subject to Maryland motor vehicle laws and HCC’s vehicle and traffic regulations while on campus. Any vehicle or operator found to be in violation of these regulations will be subject to receipt of an HCC citation. The vehicle receiving the citation will also be subject to possible removal at the owner’s or operator’s expense. Vehicle and traffic regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pedestrians must be given the right of way at all times.
  • Vehicle speed and manner of operations should be conducive to safe operation with consideration of weather and road conditions and pedestrian traffic. Maximum speed is 20 miles per hour.
  • All traffic laws must be obeyed at all times.

Howard Community College assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of vehicles or private property while on campus.

Parking

Parking is defined as stationing a vehicle, with or without a driver in attendance, and irrespective of time of day or length of time the vehicle is stationed. The responsibility of finding a legal parking space rests with the motor vehicle operator. Parking regulations include the following:

  • Parking regulations are in effect 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
  • Parking is limited to designated parking areas only, as it is impossible to mark all areas of the college where parking is prohibited. Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of these regulations.
  • Vehicles may park only in the areas to which they are assigned and must display the appropriate hangtag permit or dashboard temporary pass indicating authorization.
  • Vehicles must park in such a manner as to use only one parking space.
  • Vehicle operators must notify the public safety office if they need to leave their vehicle in the college’s parking lot overnight. However, the college is not responsible for theft of or damage to the vehicle or to the contents of the vehicle.

The fact that an operator parks a vehicle in violation of any regulation without receiving a citation does not mean that the applicable regulation is no longer in effect.

Towing Vehicles

Vehicles parked on college property between the hours of 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. without prior authorization from the public safety office, parked in a marked fire lane, blocking an entrance, or impeding traffic, may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Abandoned cars not meeting the above criteria, absent extenuating circumstances, may be towed at the owner’s expense 24 hours after a towing notice has been issued and affixed to the vehicle. The public safety office shall keep a record of all vehicles towed at the college’s request. Contact information for the tow service provider is prominently displayed on signage posted throughout the campus. This does not necessarily apply to repossessions by a private company or impoundments conducted by the Howard County Police Department.

Citations

Each citation carries a fine of $50, which must be paid to the college cashier's office. Failure to pay violations may result in the vehicle being towed, students not receiving official transcripts, or loss of college privileges. If the violator is a college employee, the employee will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Persons who feel they have received a citation unjustly may appeal in writing to HCC’s director of public safety. Appeal forms are available at the public safety office on the first floor of the RCF building.

Reserving Parking Spaces

Guidelines and forms for reserved parking, including information on reserving one or just a few spaces for visitors, can be found on the employee portal under department resources\president's area\reserved parking request.

Events for which spaces will be held for larger groups must be approved by president's team. The requestor should ask their area vice president to take the parking request to president's team for approval. Once president's team approves the request, the vice president or designee will notify the requestor.

Bicycles/Skateboarding/Rollerblading/Electric and Non-Electric Scooters

Racks are placed in convenient locations throughout campus and are to be used by all non-licensed, two-wheel vehicles. Students will not be permitted to bring bicycles or electric/non-electric scooters into buildings or secure them to lampposts, signposts, or fences or other structures under any circumstances. Staff members are permitted to disassemble the front wheel of the bicycle and secure it in their office. Under no circumstances will bikes or electric/non-electric scooters be left in hallways or stairwells. This policy does not apply to vehicles covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Violators will be subject to confiscation of vehicles and a $50 fine.

Pedestrians must be given the right of way at all times.

Howard County Bike Share bikes may be checked out at the station in front of Clark Library Hall and returned to any of the stations along the Downtown Columbia pathway.

Skateboarding, rollerblading, using self-balancing scooters commonly known as “hoverboards,” and similar activities are not permitted on campus.

Effective Date: 10/12/18

President's Office Use: VPAF - CAT

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