PART G. Special Procedures In Summary Cases
Under The Vehicle Code
Rule 470. Procedures Related to License Suspension After Failure to Respond to Citation or Summons or Failure to Pay Fine and Costs.
(A) When a defendant fails to comply with the 10-day response period set forth in Rules 407, 412, 422, and 456, the issuing authority shall notify the defendant in writing that, pursuant to Section 1533 of the Vehicle Code, the defendants license will be suspended if the defendant fails to respond to the citation or summons or fails to pay all fines and costs imposed or enter into an agreement to make installment payments for the fines and costs within 15 days of the date of the notice.
(B) Service of the notice required in paragraph (A) shall be by first class mail, and a copy shall be made part of the record.
(C) If the defendant does not respond by the fifteenth day, the issuing authority shall so notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The notice shall be sent by electronic transmission in the form prescribed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The issuing authority shall print out and sign a copy of the notice, which shall include the date and time of the transmission, and the signed copy shall be made part of the record.
(D) If the defendant responds to the citation or summons or pays all fines and costs imposed or enters into an agreement to make installment payments for the fines and costs imposed after notice has been sent pursuant to paragraph (C), the issuing authority shall so notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and request the withdrawal of the defendants license suspension. The notice and request shall be sent by electronic transmission. The issuing authority shall print out and sign a copy of the notice and request, which shall include the date and time of the transmission, and the signed copy shall be made part of the record.
(E) Upon request of the defendant, the attorney for the Commonwealth, or any other government agency, the issuing authoritys office shall provide a certified copy of any notices or any request form required by this rule.
This rule was adopted in 1993, and amended in 2011, to implement the notice requirements of 75 Pa.C.S. § 1533 and to insure uniform, prompt transmissions to the Department of Transportation. It does not change the other procedural requirements contained in the summary case rules generally. See, e.g, paragraph (B)(1)(a) of Rule 430 (Issuance of Warrant) and Rule 456 (Default Procedures: Restitution, Fines, and Costs).
This rule is not intended to address the admissibility of evidence. See the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence and 42 Pa.C.S. § 6101 et seq. concerning the Rules of Evidence for documents.
Under paragraph (E), the issuing authority is required to provide a certified copy of the report, but only if the request is made within the period that the issuing authority is required to retain the records.
Electronic transmissions are to be made from the Magisterial District Judge System or other computer system used by issuing authorities.
Previous Rule 91, formerly Rule 140, adopted January 31, 1970, effective May 1, 1970; renumbered Rule 69 September 18, 1973, effective January 1, 1974; Comment revised January 28, 1983, effective July 1, 1983; rescinded July 12, 1985, effective January 1, 1986. The January 1, 1986 effective date is extended to July 1, 1986. Readopted and renumbered Rule 91 February 1, 1989, effective July 1, 1989; rescinded June 3, 1993, effective July 1, 1993, and replaced by new Rule 92. New Rule 91 adopted June 3, 1993, effective July 1, 1993; renumbered Rule 470 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended February 18, 2011, effective March 18, 2011.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Report explaining the provisions of the new rule published with the Courts Order at 23 Pa.B. 2811 (June 19, 1993).
Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1478 (March 18, 2000).
Final Report explaining the February 18, 2011 amendments to paragraphs (A) and (D) adding failure to pay fines and costs published with the Courts Order at 41 Pa.B. 1168 (March 5, 2011).
The provisions of this Rule 470 amended February 18, 2011, effective March 18, 2011, 41 Pa.B. 1167. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (346214) and (353007).
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