Information Regarding Act 133 of 2008
Act 133 of 2008, enacted by the General Assembly in November 2008, modified the
requirement that the Department reissue license plates on a 10-year cycle.
Other provisions of the Act, effective January 2009, addressed CDL Skills Test
waivers, penalties for over-height vehicles, securing hydraulically operated
boom arms on equipment being transported and changes to inspection of
agricultural vehicles by police or commonwealth personnel. The following list
outlines components of the act and changes that impact citizens.
and Reissuance of Registration Plates (Section 1333) - Amended to read the
Department may reissue a registration plate upon request by a registrant when
it is determined by an authorized representative of the Department or law
enforcement that the plate is illegible from a reasonable distance. The
Department may select the style of the reissued registration plate and, except
in the case of personal registration plates, the registration plate number. The
registration plate and registration card will be replaced free of charge.
Driver’s License Qualification Standards (Section 1607) - Amended to add a
provision allowing the Department to waive the Commercial Driver’s License
(CDL) driving test for active duty military or recently discharged veterans
with at least two years of experience working in commercial type vehicles as
part of their military job requirements. The waiver applies to CDL applicants
who will be operating vehicles similar to those they operated during their
by Police or Commonwealth Personnel (Section 4704) - Amended to permit spot
inspections of farm trucks not required to be registered, implements of
husbandry, special mobile equipment and trucks and truck tractors registered in
Class 4A or lower.
Loads in Vehicles (Section 4903) - Amended to direct that the boom arm of
equipment with a hydraulically operated boom arm being transported through or
within this Commonwealth shall be securely fastened to the vehicle with steel
restraining devices to prevent its movement or shifting during transport.
of Vehicles (Section 4922) - Amended to read any person convicted of operating
a vehicle with a height greater than 13-feet, 6-inches and traveling without a
valid permit shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of $500.