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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 28, 2019 04:33 PM
From: Representative Mark Longietti
To: All House members
Subject: Bonding Requirements for Highways and Bridges
Current law permits municipalities to require vehicles in excess of 10 tons to apply for a permit and to post a bond to ensure that any damage caused to the roadways will be repaired. While the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has not increased the bond amount, the cost of reconstructing and repairing roads and bridges has increased dramatically.

In order to keep the bond amount commensurate with the cost of repairs, I will be introducing legislation amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes requiring PennDOT to publish a revised schedule of bonding amounts for these vehicles based on an increase or decrease in maintenance costs.

Additionally, instead of requiring the municipality to show that the permittee damaged the roadway, any damage would legally be presumed to have been caused by the permittee. If this was not the case, the permittee could then offer evidence showing that the damage was caused by some other source.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to ensure that adequate funding is available to pay for damage to Commonwealth highways caused by vehicles in excess of 10 tons.

Introduced as HB911