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Manufacturing facilities and industrial centers attract high volumes of large commercial vehicles in many parts of the County. Commercial vehicle travel can be challenging for both vehicle operators and nearby residents when vehicles travel along roadways that were not designed to accommodate their weight capacity and size. This can create inconveniences for both parties. In response, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) worked to pass legislation that authorizes the use of vehicle height monitoring systems to enforce state and local laws that already restrict the presence of commercial and large vehicles on specified residential roadways.

The vehicle height monitoring system is an automated enforcement tool that uses cameras and computer technology to capture (photograph and video) violations committed by drivers of commercial vehicles operating on roadways which are posted as “Truck Height 12 ft. Max Photo Enforced.”

Enforcement by vehicle height monitoring automated devices will begin in early 2023. View the Policy and Standard Operating Procedures for Notification of Vehicle Height Monitoring Systems.

Restricted Roadways

Restricted roadways are segments of road, typically in residential areas, where large commercial vehicles are prohibited by law from traveling. Operators are in violation of restricted roadway regulation if they travel from one end of the restricted section to the other without making a local pickup or delivery along the way.

When there are complaints of commercial vehicle traffic in residential areas, DPWT conducts traffic studies onsite and analyzes those findings to determine if restricting the route is appropriate (as permitted by local, state and federal statute).

Camera Enforcement Locations

Under Baltimore County Council Bill 92-21, the County may not operate more than seven vehicle height monitoring cameras at a single time. Cameras will be moved to specific locations throughout the County. All camera locations will be adequately signed. Signage will typically be displayed with the following warning: “Truck Height 12 ft. Max Photo Enforced.”

Cameras will be located around the following restricted roadways: 

  • 5000-5001 Benson Avenue (northbound and southbound) at I-695
  • 500 North Point Road (southbound) at Eastern Avenue and 1101 North Point Road (northbound) at Merritt Boulevard
  • 7900-7901 Wise Avenue (eastbound and westbound) at Lynch Road and 8800-8801 Wise Avenue (eastbound and westbound) at Grays Road
  • 2900 and 3001 Sollers Point Road (northbound and southbound) at Merritt Boulevard
  • 6801 Belclare Road (eastbound) at Dundalk Avenue
  • 101 Avon Beach Road (eastbound) at Henry Street
  • 3200-3201 Magnolia Avenue (eastbound and westbound) at Lilac Avenue

Cameras will be set to take a photo of the front of the vehicle to capture an image of the license plate. All cameras will be set at a height of 12 feet, with the exception of Benson Avenue, which will be set at 10 feet based on traffic patterns. There is potential for additional locations and placement shifts as the effectiveness of this program continues to be monitored.

Hours of Operation

Vehicle height monitoring cameras operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Qualifying Vehicles

The automated cameras will monitor vehicles over 12 feet high, with the exception of Benson Avenue, which will monitor vehicles over 10 feet high. Weight limits on each roadway will be increased from no trucks over three-quarter tons to no trucks over five tons. Commercial vehicles are permitted on the restricted roadways if and only when they are scheduled for deliveries along that roadway.

Commercial Vehicle Exemptions

Many vehicles are exempt from vehicle height monitoring enforcement, including but not limited to: 

  • School buses 
  • Public transit vehicles 
  • Emergency vehicles 
  • Trash and recycling trucks 
  • Utility and home energy vehicles 
  • Household goods moving companies

Warnings and Citations

Citations are issued by mail. For all in-state and out-of-state vehicles, a notice of violation (citation) will be mailed no later than 30 days after the alleged violation (date of the monitored violation). Notifications of violations (citations) are issued per location.

Pay a Citation

If you have received a citation, payments are due within 40 days from the date of issuance. Payment information is located on the back of the issued citation. You can pay via the following methods:

  • Online
    Pay citations online using a credit or debit card. A convenience fee will be charged for each transaction.

  • Mail
    Send the Office of Budget and Finance a copy of your violation along with a check or money order payable to Baltimore County Maryland. Address the envelope to 400 Washington Avenue, Room 150, Towson, Maryland 21204.

  • In Person
    Credit card, debit card, check, cash or money orders are accepted to pay violations in person. A convenience fee will be charged for each credit or debit card transaction. Payments can be made in person at the Historic Courthouse in the Parking and Automated Enforcement Office, located at 400 Washington Avenue, Room 150, Towson, Maryland 21204.

Appeal a Citation 

If you were legally riding through a restricted area and received a citation, the citation can be contested and appealed. You can request a court date or citation review. The timeframe to request an appeal is within 40 calendar days from the date of issuance.

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Police Headquarters

Public Safety Building
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Hours

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone

Emergencies:
911

General Police Information:
410-887-2214

Non-Emergencies:
410-887-2222

Fax

410-821-8887

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Chief of Police

Robert McCullough