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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 27, 2021 12:51 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Staggering the Expiration Dates of Apportioned Registrations
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to require PennDOT to stagger the expiration dates of commercial vehicle apportioned registrations.

As background, Pennsylvania is part of the International Registration Plan, which is an international agreement among US states and Canada whereby commercial vehicle registration fees are remitted in proportion to the miles traveled across the individual US states and Canadian provinces. Similar to the International Fuels Tax Agreement and fuels taxes, apportioned registrations provide both member states and interstate trucking companies a mutual benefit as it provides a framework for registration with and payment to the proper jurisdiction without the need to deal with multiple government entities.

Currently, per PennDOT regulations, every apportioned vehicle registration across the Commonwealth expires on May 31st, which has historically caused an annual backlog at PennDOT, even prior to COVID-19, as many trucking companies and other businesses seek to renew this registration at the same time. COVID-19 has only aggravated the annual backlog as PennDOT has not resumed their apportioned registration renewal event, which was typically held annually at the Farm Show Complex. I am sure many of your district offices are contacted by trucking companies every year around this time asking for the status of their applications and requesting assistance with expediting their renewals. While we always appreciate helping our constituents, there is simply no need for PennDOT to require every apportioned registration to expire at the same time. To this end, my legislation would simply require PennDOT, going forward, to provide no less than four renewal periods per year and authorize the Department to pro-rate registration payments as they create the new expiration dates.

I hope you join me in cosponsoring this legislation that will not only create a more efficient process for the trucking industry, but for PennDOT as well since the Department would no longer be burdened and overloaded with processing apportioned registration applications at the same time each year.

Introduced as HB1871