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Maryland bill would permit remote start for cars

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland delegate wants to update a law in order to legalize starting a car remotely.

Delegate Barbara Frush said during a Friday afternoon bill hearing that she recently learned that starting a car remotely is illegal because Maryland law prohibits drivers from leaving a car unattended unless the engine is shut off, the key is removed and the brake is set.

Her bill, which received no opposition in front of the House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee, would exempt drivers who start their cars remotely.

Frush, a Democrat from Prince George’s County, said her proposed change makes sense because cars with automatic starts cannot be put into gear without a key.

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