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52 Pa. Code § 31.4. Transfer of certificates and permits.

§ 31.4. Transfer of certificates and permits.

 (a)  A certificate or permit or the rights thereunder may not be sold or transferred by act, deed or operation of law, unless the approval of the Commission is first obtained. The approval may be granted with or without hearing and after reasonable notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin as the Commission directs.

 (b)  Certificates issued to motor common carriers of property are nontransferable, except as provided in subsections (c)—(e).

 (c)  Upon the death of an individual holder of a certificate or permit or upon an individual certificateholder being legally declared incapacitated, the rights conferred by the certificate or permit shall continue with the legal representative of the deceased or incapacitated holder for 1 year. After the expiration of the 1 year period, appropriate proceedings shall be initiated to terminate the certificate unless application has been made to transfer the rights to the heirs, guardian, trustees, legatee or others, in which case the rights shall continue with the legal representative until the application is granted or refused. If application is made by the legal representative at least 30 days prior to the end of the period of 1 year, the Commission may, for cause shown, permit the transfer of rights to the executors, administrators, guardians, trustees or other legal representatives of the deceased or incapacitated holder for a period to be fixed by the Commission. Pertinent orders or decrees of the court having jurisdiction over the estate of the decedent or incapacitated person may be deemed cause for the granting of the application by the Commission.

 (d)  If the individual holder of a certificate of permit dies or is legally declared incompetent and an application is made to transfer the rights granted under the certificate to his legal representative or if the certificateholder is a copartnership and the application for transfer is in effect to change one or more of the partners, the Commission may dispose of the application without a hearing.

 (e)  If a trustee, receiver, assignee, custodian or similar officer is appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction or is selected by creditors in accordance with provisions of law, with authority to take or retain possession and to operate the property and business of a certificateholder, the officer shall have authority to perform the service authorized in the certificates of the debtor carrier for 90 days from his appointment or selection. The officer may petition the Commission for authority to conduct the operations for an additional period of time, and the Commission may, for good cause shown, grant the authority. If the petition is filed within 90 days of the appointment or selection of the petitioner, the petitioner shall have the authority to continue operations pending decision by the Commission on the petition. Pertinent orders or decrees of the court having jurisdiction may be deemed a basis for action on the petitions by the Commission.


   The provisions of this §  31.4 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 1102, 1103, 1501, 1502, 1504, 1506, 1508 and Chapters 23 and 25.


   The provisions of this §  31.4 adopted April 11, 1939; amended through April 1, 1967; amended July 20, 1979, effective July 21, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 2396; amended February 6, 1998, effective February 7, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 647; amended August 4, 2006, effective August 5, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 4181. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (241238) and (311893).

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