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67 Pa. Code § 175.223. Braking systems.

§ 175.223. Braking systems.

 (a)  Condition of braking systems. Braking systems and components shall be in safe operating condition as described in this subchapter.

 (b)  Service brakes. A vehicle specified under this subchapter shall be equipped with a service brake system. This section does not apply to nonself-propelled special mobile equipment having a gross weight which does not exceed 40% of the gross weight of the towing vehicle, or to a towed implement of husbandry.

   (1)  The service brake system shall be adequate to control movement and stop and hold the vehicle or combination on any grade on which it is operated under all conditions of loading.

   (2)  A service brake system shall act upon wheels according to the original manufacturer’s specifications.

   (3)  The brake lining and fluids utilized in the braking function shall be of a type approved by the vehicle manufacturer.

 (c)  Parking brake system. A vehicle shall be equipped with a parking brake system except a towed implement of husbandry and towed special mobile equipment. See 75 Pa.C.S. §  4502 (relating to general requirements for braking systems). A parking brake system shall be adequate to hold the vehicle on a surface free from ice or snow on a 20% grade.

 (d)  Breakaway system. A trailer operated on the highway, except a towed implement of husbandry, which is equipped with brakes or has a gross weight in excess of 3,000 pounds shall be equipped with a breakaway system which shall stop and hold the vehicle automatically upon breakaway from the towing vehicle.


   The provisions of this §  175.223 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. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (83790).

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