Information Regarding Act 159 of 2006
Act 159 of 2006, enacted by the General Assembly in October 2006 and effective
December 2006, changed various sections of The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code (Title
75) including eligibility for special registration plates, eligible age for
identification cards (effective Nov. 29, 2009), modification of requirements
for headlamp use, expansion of use of emergency lighting for rescue
organization members, changes to permits for movement during course of
manufacture and permits for movement of domestic animal feed. The following
list outlines components of the Act and changes that impact citizens.
Registration Plates (Section 1341) - Amended to allow the Department to issue a
special registration plate to a business, if the business owner or officer
making application is a member of the special group for which the plate is
Cards (Section 1510(b)) - Allows the Department, upon payment of the required
fee, to issue an identification card to any person ten years of age or older.
(Note: This part of the Act does not take effect until Nov. 29, 2009.)
for Required Lighted Lamps (Section 4302) - Amends the requirements for use of
lighted headlamps and illuminating devices to include any time when the
operator cannot discern a person or vehicle upon the highway from a distance of
1,000 feet and any time when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in continuous
or intermittent use due to precipitation or atmospheric moisture, including
rain, snow, sleet or mist.
Signals on Authorized Vehicles (Section 4572) - Amended to include certified
volunteer search and rescue (scuba divers) organization members as eligible to
display emergency lighting on their vehicles.
for Movement During Course of Manufacture (Section 4968) - Amended to allow
annual permits to be issued to authorize movement of hot boxes on specific
highways; however, no permit may be issued for this type of movement on
interstate highways. Definitions for “hot box” and “raw milk” were also added.
for Movement of Domestic Animal Feed (Section 4976) - Amended to authorize
annual permits to be issued authorizing the movement on the highways of whole
or unprocessed grain.