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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 29, 2015 09:53 AM
From: Representative Dom Costa and Rep. Joseph T. Hackett
To: All House members
Subject: Repeal the Elimination of Vehicle Registration Stickers

In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would amend Title 75 (Vehicles) to repeal the elimination of vehicle registration stickers.

Title 75 (Vehicles) Section 1332 (d) was enacted by Act 89 of 2013, and, beginning December 31, 2016, eliminates the requirement to display validating registration stickers on vehicle registration plates. In addition, PennDOT will no longer be required to issue them. This legislation repeals Section 1332 (d).

Police departments throughout the Commonwealth rely on vehicle registration stickers in order to quickly identify unregistered vehicles. The registration sticker is an effective measure used to identify a properly insured vehicle. An insured vehicle saves millions of dollars in uninsured motorist costs to PA drivers and premium payers. In the absence of registration stickers, identifying such vehicles is made more difficult, thus impeding the enforcement of insurance and registration regulations. The lack of an obvious registration sticker may eventually result in decreased insurance and registration compliance, as police departments will be unable to easily identify uninsured vehicles in a cost-effective manner, resulting in decreased enforcement of registration and insurance compliance.

While the elimination of registration stickers has the potential to reduce administration costs for Penn Dot, without the sticker visible on the plate, it will now require law enforcement officers to observe a traffic violation and initiate a traffic stop of the a vehicle, or the officer would have to enter a suspected registration plate number into the patrol unit computer/ police radio system to determine if the plate is good or not. Some local law enforcement agencies do not have the funding resources to afford the sophisticated read/write technology.

Many Law Enforcement agencies across the commonwealth stand opposed to the elimination of the current sticker system. As such, please join me in supporting this legislation.

Introduced as HB1154