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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 18, 2017 11:50 AM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Transfer of Ownership of a Vehicle with a Suspended Registration or Title
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation, former House Bill 626 of the 2015-16 Legislative Session, which amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated States to prohibit the sale or transfer of a vehicle with a suspended registration or title.

Oftentimes, individuals who have incurred an excessive amount of tickets will try to sell their automobile in order to avoid having to pay restoration fees for a registration and/or title. In the event of a sale or transfer of ownership of a vehicle, Pennsylvania law requires the current owner to execute an assignment and warranty of title to the new owner. However, at no point during the process is the current owner required to disclose a suspension of title or registration to the potential transferee/owner. While vehicle owners sometimes sell to a family member in order to terminate the suspension in order to regain use of the automobile, others sell in order to pass the burden of reinstatement fees to someone else. This deceptive practice must be prohibited.

If enacted, my legislation would prohibit the sale or transfer of a vehicle if it has a suspended registration or title. In addition, said vehicle could not be sold or transferred until all tickets and restoration fees are paid, and the entire suspension is served.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB364