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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 26, 2015 02:59 PM
From: Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. and Sen. Randy Vulakovich
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repeal the Elimination of Vehicle Registration Stickers
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to repeal the elimination of vehicle registration stickers that was integrated in Act 89 of 2013, the historic transportation funding and modernization legislation.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is required to produce and mail vehicle registration stickers after drivers complete their vehicle registration coupon. The vehicle registration sticker is mounted on the driver’s license plate and serves as a fundamental, distinguishing characteristic that is easily monitored by law enforcement during routine traffic reviews of insured vehicles that provide for the safe travel of the motoring public.

Title 75 (Vehicles), Section 1332 (d) describes the elimination of vehicle registration stickers (effective December 31, 2016) that was mainly incorporated to create cost savings for PennDOT since they would no longer have to issue them. Following a more robust cost-benefit analysis, the estimated cost savings for PennDOT is less than the overall cost to state, regional and local law enforcement agencies throughout this Commonwealth.

If the General Assembly does not repeal the elimination of vehicle registration stickers, we will mandate these law enforcement agencies with the undue burden of buying costly plate reading equipment that would be exclusively purchased if vehicle registration stickers were eliminated. Furthermore, statistical data from law enforcement support the importance of retaining vehicle registration stickers since they are meaningful tools that systematically cite unsafe, illegal reports of driver offenses.

At the behest of law enforcement agencies from across this Commonwealth, please join us in supporting the repeal of the elimination of vehicle registration stickers. If you have any questions, please contact Nolan Ritchie, Senate Transportation Committee, at nritchie@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB926