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67 Pa. Code § 175.128. Chassis.

§ 175.128. Chassis.

 (a)  Condition of chassis. All items on the chassis shall be in safe operating condition as described in §  175.130 (relating to inspection procedure).

 (b)  Vehicle frame. The vehicle frame shall be in solid condition.

 (c)  Flooring and floor beds. Flooring and floor beds shall be of a construction that supports occupants and cargo which the vehicle is capable of carrying, and may not have any openings through which exhaust gases could enter the passenger compartment.

 (d)  Rear protection device. A trailer, except for pole trailers, whose body has a rear end clearance of more than 30 inches from the ground when empty, shall be equipped with a rear bumper or rear end protection device as follows:

   (1)  The rear bumper or rear end protection device shall be:

     (i)   Within 30 inches of ground when the vehicle is empty.

     (ii)   Within 24 inches of another rear bumper or rear end protection device, if more than one rear bumper or rear end protection device is used.

     (iii)   Within 18 inches—transverse distance—of the widest part of the rear of the vehicle.

     (iv)   Within 24 inches of the extreme rear of the vehicle.

     (v)   Substantially constructed and firmly attached.

   (2)  Trailers constructed and maintained so that the body, chassis or other parts of the vehicle afford the rear end protection described in paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be in compliance with this subsection.

 (e)  Fender and flaps. The wheels of a trailer originally manufactured with fenders or flaps shall be equipped with fenders or flaps of a type used as original equipment.

 (f)  Rear wheel shields. A trailer shall be constructed or equipped so as to bar water or other road surface substances thrown from the rear wheels of the vehicle or combination at tangents exceeding 22 1/2°, measured from road surface, from passing in a straight line to the rear of the vehicle or combination. See 75 Pa.C.S. §  4533 (relating to rear wheel shields).

 (g)  Tire contact. A tire may not come in contact with the body, fenders or chassis of the vehicle.


   The provisions of this §  175.128 amended under the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S. § §  4103, 4301, 4501, 4521 and 6103.


   The provisions of this §  175.128 adopted October 29, 1982, effective February 1, 1983, 12 Pa.B. 3862; corrected November 12, 1982, effective February 1, 1983, 12 Pa.B. 3947; readopted December 2, 1988, effective December 3, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 5362; amended November 13, 1998, effective May 13, 1999, 28 Pa.B. 5670. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (221281) to (221282).

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