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Originally Posted by tshirtguy6
§ 4703. Operation of vehicle without official certificate of
(a) General rule.--Except as otherwise provided in this
section, no motor vehicle required to bear current registration
plates issued by this Commonwealth and no farm vehicle with a
gross weight or gross vehicle weight rating of greater than
17,000 pounds for which a Type I biennial certificate of
exemption has been issued shall be driven and no trailer
required to bear current registration plates issued by this
Commonwealth shall be moved on a highway and no mass transit
vehicle shall be operated unless the vehicle displays a
currently valid certificate of inspection issued under this
(b) Exceptions.--Subsection (a) does not apply to:
(1) Special mobile equipment.
(2) Implements of husbandry.
(2.1) Registered commercial implement of husbandry with
an implement of husbandry body type.
(3) Motor vehicles being towed.
(4) Motor vehicles being operated or trailers being
towed by an official inspection station owner or employee for
the purpose of inspection.
(5) Trailers having a registered gross weight of 3,000
pounds or less.
(5.1) A trailer or semitrailer with a gross weight or
gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 17,000 pounds
displaying a currently valid Federal certificate of
(6) Motorized pedalcycles.
(7) Vehicles being repossessed by a financier or
collector-repossessor business or vehicles enroute to a
wholesale vehicle auction by a transporter business using the
appropriate miscellaneous motor vehicle business registration
(8) New vehicles while they are in the process of
manufacture, including testing, and not in transit from the
manufacturer to a purchaser or dealer.
(9) Any military vehicle used for training by a private,
nonprofit, tax exempt military educational institution when
such vehicle does not travel on public roads in excess of one
mile and the property on both sides of the public road is
owned by the institution.
(10) A motor vehicle registered as an antique pursuant
to section 1340 (relating to antique, classic and collectible
(11) A motor vehicle being operated by the vehicle owner
while enroute to an inspection station where an appointment
for inspection has been scheduled, provided that such
operation occurs no later than ten days after the expiration
of a valid certificate of inspection issued under this
(12) (Deleted by amendment).
(13) New vehicles in the possession of a second-stage
manufacturer which are in transit:
(i) from a dealer or distributor for completion; or
(ii) to a dealer or distributor upon completion.
(c) Inspection of vehicles reentering this Commonwealth.--
Vehicles subject to registration and inspection in this
Commonwealth which have been outside this Commonwealth
continuously for 30 days or more and which, at the time of
reentering this Commonwealth, do not bear a currently valid
certificate of inspection shall not be required to be inspected
until ten days after reentering this Commonwealth.
(d) Newly-purchased vehicles.--Newly-purchased vehicles may
be driven without a current inspection certificate for ten days
after sale or resale or entry into this Commonwealth, whichever
(e) Display of unauthorized certificate of inspection.--No
certificate of inspection shall be displayed unless an official
inspection has been made and the vehicle or mass transit vehicle
is in conformance with the provisions of this chapter.
(f) Authority of police.--Any police officer may stop any
motor vehicle, mass transit vehicle or trailer and require the
owner or operator to display an official certificate of
inspection for the vehicle being operated. A police officer may
summarily remove an unauthorized, expired or unlawfully issued
certificate of inspection from any vehicle or mass transit
vehicle. For the purposes of administering the requirements of
regulations promulgated by the department, a qualified
Commonwealth employee or an authorized department representative
may remove an unauthorized, expired or unlawfully issued
certificate of inspection from any vehicle.
(g) Limitation on prosecution.--A motor vehicle, mass
transit vehicle or trailer shall be the subject of only one
prosecution under subsection (a) in any 24-hour period.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a person
violating this section is guilty of a summary offense and
shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of up to
(2) Where the subject vehicle is a motor carrier
vehicle, bus or school bus, the police officer or qualified
Commonwealth employee shall place the vehicle out of service
and require that the vehicle not be operated under its own
power until such time as the vehicle is issued a valid
official certificate of inspection. In addition, the person
violating this section commits a summary offense and shall,
upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than
$100 nor more than $500.
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