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HOUSE AMENDED
PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 248, 382
PRINTER'S NO. 990
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
298
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY ROBINSON, LANGERHOLC, BOSCOLA, MARTIN, REGAN,
COLEMAN, FARRY, LAUGHLIN, STEFANO, HUTCHINSON, BAKER, FLYNN
AND KANE, JANUARY 31, 2023
AS REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES, AS AMENDED, JUNE 29, 2023
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in equipment standards, further providing for
unlawful activities; in other required equipment, further
providing for restraint systems; and abrogating regulations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 4107(a)(1) and (b) introductory paragraph
of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are
amended and the section is amended by adding a subsection to
read:
§ 4107. Unlawful activities.
(a) Violation of vehicle equipment standards.--
(1) [It] Except as otherwise provided, it is unlawful
for any person to sell, offer for sale, lease, install or
replace, either separately or as part of the equipment of a
vehicle, any item of vehicle equipment affecting the
operation of the vehicle which does not comply with this
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title or regulations promulgated thereunder, or which does
not comply with an applicable Federal motor vehicle safety
standard adopted by regulation by the department.
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(b) Other violations.--[It] Except as otherwise provided, it
is unlawful for any person to do any of the following:
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(b.2) Vehicle doors.--If a vehicle is registered under
section 1301 (relating to registration and certificate of title
required) and equipped from the original manufacturer with
manufacturer-designed and manufacturer-installed removable doors
with the intention to allow removal and reinstallation by the
vehicle owner , that vehicle may be operated on the roadways of
this Commonwealth with the doors removed. When the manufacturer-
designed and manufacturer-installed doors are removed, the
vehicle shall have side mirrors, including the original
manufacturer side mirrors, or installed side mirrors attached by
the vehicle owner. This subsection shall not limit or otherwise
impact section 4534 (relating to rearview mirrors) or 4581
(relating to restraint systems). To comply with section 4702
(relating to requirement for periodic inspection of vehicles), a
vehicle under this subsection shall be inspected with the doors
attached.
(B.2) VEHICLE DOORS.--
(1) IF A VEHICLE IS REGISTERED UNDER SECTION 1301
(RELATING TO REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATE OF TITLE REQUIRED)
AND EQUIPPED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER WITH
MANUFACTURER-DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURER-INSTALLED REMOVABLE
DOORS WITH THE INTENTION TO ALLOW REMOVAL AND REINSTALLATION
BY THE VEHICLE OWNER , THAT VEHICLE MAY BE OPERATED ON THE
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ROADWAYS OF THIS COMMONWEALTH WITH THE MANUFACTURER-DESIGNED
AND MANUFACTURER-INSTALLED DOORS REMOVED OR EQUIPPED WITH
NONORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER DOORS. WHEN THE
MANUFACTURER-DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURER-INSTALLED DOORS ARE
REMOVED, THE VEHICLE SHALL HAVE SIDE MIRRORS, INCLUDING THE
ORIGINAL MANUFACTURER SIDE MIRRORS, OR INSTALLED SIDE MIRRORS
ATTACHED BY THE VEHICLE OWNER. THIS SUBSECTION SHALL NOT
LIMIT OR OTHERWISE IMPACT SECTION 4534 (RELATING TO REARVIEW
MIRRORS) OR 4581 (RELATING TO RESTRAINT SYSTEMS). TO COMPLY
WITH SECTION 4702 (RELATING TO REQUIREMENT FOR PERIODIC
INSPECTION OF VEHICLES), A VEHICLE UNDER THIS SUBSECTION
SHALL BE INSPECTED WITH THE MANUFACTURER-DESIGNED AND
MANUFACTURER-INSTALLED DOORS ATTACHED.
(2) AS USED IN THIS SUBSECTION, THE TERM "NONORIGINAL
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER DOOR" SHALL MEAN A VEHICLE DOOR THAT
IS NOT ORIGINALLY EQUIPPED BY THE MANUFACTURER, INCLUDING A
TUBE DOOR, HALF DOOR OR NET DOOR.
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Section 2. Section 4581(a)(2)(ii) of Title 75 is amended to
read:
§ 4581. Restraint systems.
(a) Occupant protection.--
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(2) * * *
(ii) Except for children under 18 years of age and
except as provided in paragraphs (1) and (1.1) and
subparagraph (i)[, each]:
(A) Each driver and front seat occupant of a
passenger car, Class I truck, Class II truck, classic
motor vehicle, antique motor vehicle or motor home
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operated in this Commonwealth shall wear a properly
adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system.
(B) Each driver, front seat occupant and back
seat occupant of a vehicle operated as provided under
section 4107(b.2) (relating to unlawful activities)
in this Commonwealth shall wear a properly adjusted
and fastened safety seat belt system.
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Section 3. Any regulations or parts of regulations that are
inconsistent with this act are abrogated to the extent of the
inconsistency.
Section 4. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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