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A05228
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2319
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY KAUFER, PEIFER, JAMES, BARRAR, KINSEY, OWLETT,
KORTZ, DONATUCCI, SCHMITT, RYAN, READSHAW, FREEMAN, MURT,
BROWN, MILLARD, POLINCHOCK, BOBACK, SCHLEGEL CULVER,
BERNSTINE, PICKETT, ULLMAN, TOEPEL, NEILSON, SAINATO,
HENNESSEY, GAINEY, MACKENZIE, CIRESI, HILL-EVANS AND BURGOS,
FEBRUARY 24, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, FEBRUARY 24, 2020
AN ACT
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, in registration of vehicles, further providing for
return of registration plate, for person with disability
plate and placard and for special plates for recipients of
Purple Heart; and, in rules of the road in general, further
providing for additional parking regulations.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Sections 1334(a)(4), 1338(c)(1), (2) and (3),
(c.1) and (c.2), 1346 and 3354(h) of Title 75 of the
Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended to read:
§ 1334. Return of registration plate.
(a) General rule.--Registration plates shall be returned to
the department under the following circumstances:
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(4) A person with a disability registration plate or a
special registration plate under section 1346(b) (relating to
special plates for recipients of Purple Heart) shall be
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returned if the person to whom it was issued no longer
qualifies under section 1338 (relating to person with
disability plate and placard).
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§ 1338. Person with disability plate and placard.
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(c) Health care provider's statement.--
(1) Any person applying for a special plate or parking
placard for persons with disabilities, including a special
registration plate under section 1346(b) (relating to special
plates for recipients of Purple Heart), must present a
statement, certified by a physician, podiatrist,
chiropractor, optometrist, physician assistant or certified
registered nurse practitioner licensed or certified to
practice in this Commonwealth or in a contiguous state, that
the person with a disability is disabled as provided in
subsection (a).
(2) Any person applying for a renewal of registration of
a special plate for persons with disabilities, including a
special registration plate under section 1346(b), must comply
with this subsection. Once a person with a disability has
been duly certified by a physician, podiatrist, chiropractor,
optometrist, physician assistant or certified registered
nurse practitioner as being disabled, as provided in
subsection (a), the applicant need not submit a certification
for subsequent renewals of registration for a special plate
for persons with disabilities. A person who was issued a
person with disability plate under this section and no longer
qualifies for one shall not be charged a replacement fee for
a regular registration plate upon payment of the regular
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registration fee.
(3) In lieu of a health care provider's statement, a
person applying for a special plate [or], parking placard or
special registration plate under section 1346(b) may present
a statement from a police officer certifying that the person
does not have full use of a leg, or both legs, or is blind.
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(c.1) Return of plates and placard.--Upon the death of a
person to whom a plate or placard has been issued under this
section or section 1346(b), the plate or placard shall be void
30 days after death and shall not be displayed on any vehicle.
The personal representative of the deceased shall return the
plate to the department. If there is no personal representative,
the spouse or, if there is no spouse, the next of kin of the
deceased shall return the plate or placard to the department.
(c.2) Authorized use.--This section shall not preclude the
operation of a vehicle which bears a person with disability
plate or a special registration plate under section 1346(b) when
the vehicle is not being used for the benefit of the person with
a disability or when the person with a disability is not present
in the vehicle, provided the driver does not use or attempt to
use any special privilege or benefit otherwise accorded to
vehicles displaying the plate.
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§ 1346. Special plates for recipients of Purple Heart.
(a) Purple Heart plates.--Upon application of any person who
is a recipient of the Purple Heart, the department shall issue
to such person a special registration plate designating the
vehicle so licensed as belonging to a person who is a recipient
of the Purple Heart. A severely disabled veteran, as described
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in section 1342(a) (relating to veteran plates and placard), who
is qualified to receive a plate under this section may also
elect to receive a placard under section 1342(b). The special
registration plate may be used only on a passenger car,
motorcycle or truck with a registered gross weight of not more
than 14,000 pounds.
(b) Disability designation.--A person who applies for a
special registration plate under subsection (a) and qualifies
for a special registration plate under section 1338(a) (relating
to person with disability plate and placard) shall be eligible
to receive a special registration plate under subsection (a)
that includes a designation indicating the vehicle is being used
by a person with a disability.
§ 3354. Additional parking regulations.
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(h) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Access aisle." A physical area marked in accordance with
departmental regulations:
(1) designated by white or blue pavement marking hash
marks, cross-hatching or other similar visual no-parking
indicators;
(2) which provides additional space for a person using a
wheelchair, wheelchair lift or other mobility device; and
(3) which is located adjacent to a parking space
reserved for a person with a disability.
"Person with a disability." A person issued a plate or
placard.
"Plate or placard." A plate or placard issued under:
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(1) Section 1338 (relating to person with disability
plate and placard).
(2) Section 1342(a) or (b) (relating to veteran plates
and placard).
(3) Section 1346(b) (relating to special plates for
recipients of Purple Heart).
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 120 days.
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