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HVCA Truck Parking and Towing Policy

The HVCA Declaration of Covenants Article X, Section 10.02 (d) states “Except for parking within garages, and except as herein elsewhere provided, no junk vehicle, truck (as defined by the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles and/or by common usage and practice), unregistered or inoperable motor vehicle...shall be kept upon the Property...”.   The purpose of the truck parking prohibition in Section 10.02 (d) is to prohibit vehicles which are not compatible with a residential setting, to maintain safety on association roadways and to prolong the life of the asphalt roadways and parking areas.

The Declaration of Covenants was written in 1986.  The style and use of both passenger vehicles and utility vehicles (work trucks) has changed since 1986.  These changes have brought about a need to clarify the definition of “truck” in the context of Article X, Section 10.02(d).   Therefore, for the purposes of Article X, Section 10.02 (d), the HVCA Board of Directors defines “truck” as:

  • Any vehicle with four or more wheels that is licensed as a truck versus being licensed as a passenger vehicle or a multi-purpose vehicle.

  • Any vehicle which exceeds any of the following dimensions:

    • 228 inches in length, 81 inches in height, or 80 inches in width.

  • Any vehicle that has more than four wheels.

  • Any work vehicle (truck, van or SUV) that displays commercial lettering on the body of the vehicle.

  • Any work vehicle (truck, van or SUV) that displays or regularly carries tools, toolboxes, materials, equipment, etc. in the bed or on the roof, sides or back of the vehicle.

  • Any vehicle with an open or covered bed (including cap) that regularly contains equipment, tools, materials or the like.

A vehicle that falls under any of the above descriptions is, for the purposes of Article X, Section 10.02 (d), a truck by common usage and practice and is therefore prohibited from parking on property that is owned and/or maintained by HVCA.  This covenant may be enforced at any time, 24 hours a day.

HVCA realizes the need for homeowners to maintain their property, and it is not the desire of HVCA to prohibit contractors access to an owner’s property.  HVCA will not tow any truck that is on HVCA property for the purpose of maintaining an owner’s home during the hours of 7:00 am. to 7:00 p.m., HOWEVER, IF THE OWNER OF A TRUCK REGULARLY AND WILLFULLY PARKS THE TRUCK ON HVCA PROPERTY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 A.M. AND 7:00 P.M. FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN PERFORMING NECESSARY MAINTENANCE TO AN OWNER’S PROPERTY, THE TRUCK MAY BE TOWED AT ANY TIME SUBJECT TO HVCA POLICY.  

Prior to towing any truck from property owned and/or maintained by HVCA, a 48-hour warning sticker will be placed on the windshield or on the driver’s side window of the truck.  This warning is continuing in nature.  In other words, if the truck is found parked on HVCA property at any time within 180 days from the date of the sticker, the truck is subject to immediate towing by HVCA’s authorized towing contractor without further warning.

 
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Last modified: 09/05/07