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Slew Of Transportation Changes Passed In Maryland Legislative Session

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Motor scooters are barred from roads where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour or higher.
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Motor scooters are barred from roads where the speed limit is 50 miles per hour or higher.

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year this week, but not before passing several bills that will affect both drivers and the roads on which they travel in the state.

HOV lanes in Maryland will now be open to motorcycles and plug-in electric vehicles with the proper permit at all times regardless of how many passengers those vehicles are carrying under legislation approved by the General Assembly.

Lawmakers also approved a regulation requiring drivers to move over a lane if they can do so safely to avoid tow trucks that are pulled over on the side of a road. A similar law was passed last year making drivers move over if they see a police car off to the side.

Bicycles and motor scooters are now banned from being on any road in Maryland with a posted speed limit of 50 miles per hour or more. They can only come on to those roads when the operator wants to make a left hand turn, cross through an intersection, or if the shoulder is overlaid with a right turn or merge lane.

Drivers in Maryland are very familiar with speed cameras too, but it is not them who face new fines from those cameras under a law approved by lawmakers. It's the private operators of those cameras who could be punished now for issuing erroneous tickets, though drivers will still have to prove it. If they can, the operators could be fined up to $1,000 for each bad ticket.

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