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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-706



[ 67 PA. CODE CH. 55 ]

Registration Class Stickers

[50 Pa.B. 2746]
[Saturday, May 30, 2020]

 The Department of Transportation (Department), under the authority of 75 Pa.C.S. § 6103 (relating to promulgation of rules and regulations by department) and more generally 75 Pa.C.S. §§ 1301 and 1304(b) (relating to registration and certificate of title required; and registration criteria), proposes to delete Chapter 55 (relating to registration class stickers) to read as set forth in Annex A.

Purpose of Chapter

 This Chapter implements 75 Pa.C.S. § 1304(b) regarding the classification of vehicles. Section 1304(b) of 75 Pa.C.S. authorizes the Department to ''identify vehicles by type as to weight, design, loading, use, ownership or other significant characteristics for purposes of registration.'' The Department adopted Chapter 55 in 1979 to implement the portion of section 1304(b) that concerns identifying vehicle according to weight for purposes of registration. Chapter 55 requires the affixation of a ''registration class sticker,'' which indicates the registered gross weight class to a truck, truck-tractor or combination registered in this Commonwealth in the registered gross weight classes 2 through 25.

Purpose of this Proposed Rulemaking

 In addition to the registration class sticker, a vehicle's weight classification is printed on the vehicle's registration card. The registration class sticker is not utilized by third parties, including law enforcement, when verifying the authorized operating weight of a vehicle. Instead, law enforcement relies on the registration card to determine the authorized operating weight of a vehicle. Therefore, the need for a registration class sticker no longer exists, and its elimination will result in administrative and cost savings to the Department and the regulated community.

Summary of Significant Amendments

 This proposed rulemaking will delete Chapter 55 in its entirety.

Persons and Entities Affected

 This proposed rulemaking will impact an estimated 1.6 million commercial and non-commercial vehicles currently required to display the registration class sticker.

Fiscal Impact

 Deleting Chapter 55 will save the Department the cost of maintaining an inventory of the required stickers (averaging $25,000 annually). The fiscal impact to the regulated community is difficult to quantify because there is no direct savings to individuals or business as a result of the proposed rulemaking. No fee is charged to individuals or businesses to obtain or replace a registration class sticker. Any cost savings to the regulated community is tied to administrative time savings to obtain or replace a damaged or destroyed sticker and the time to affix the sticker to a windshield.

Regulatory Review

 Under Section 5(a) of the Regulatory Review Act (71 P.S. § 745.5(a)), on May 18, 2020, the Department submitted a copy of this proposed rulemaking and a copy of a Regulatory Analysis Form to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) and to the Chairpersons of the House and Senate Transportation Committees. A copy of this material is available to the public upon request.

 Under section 5(g) of the Regulatory Review Act, IRRC may convey comments, recommendations or objections to the proposed rulemaking within 30 days of the close of the public comment period. The comments, recommendations or objections must specify the regulatory review criteria in section 5.2 of the Regulatory Review Act (71 P.S. § 745.5b) which have not been met. The Regulatory Review Act specifies detailed procedures for review, prior to final publication of the rulemaking, by the Department, the General Assembly and the Governor.

Effective Date

 This proposed rulemaking will be effective upon final-form publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Sunset Date

 The Department is not establishing a sunset date for this regulation, as this proposed rulemaking deletes a chapter.

Public Comments

 Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections regarding this proposed rulemaking to R. Scott Shenk, Manager, Vehicle Registration Division, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 1101 South Front Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17104 or, within 30 days of the publication of this proposed rulemaking in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Contact Person

 The contact person for technical questions about this proposed rulemaking is R. Scott Shenk, Manager, Vehicle Registration Division, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, 1101 South Front Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17104 or

Acting Secretary

Fiscal Note: 18-477. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

Annex A






 (Editor's Note: As part of this proposed rulemaking, the Department is proposing to delete the text of Chapter 55, which appears at 67 Pa. Code pages 55-1—55.3, serial pages (254023) to (254025).

§§ 55.1—55.6. (Reserved).

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-706. Filed for public inspection May 29, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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