Inspection and Safety Requirements
vehicles exempt from registration are exempt from annual safety
inspection requirements unless the vehicle qualifies as a Type D (Motor
Carrier Vehicle) vehicle and has a gross vehicle weight, gross
combination weight or registered weight rating greater than 17,000 lbs.
(Pennsylvania Vehicle Code,
Farm vehicles with a Type A (10,000 pounds or less), Type B (10,001 to
17,000 pounds) and Type C (over 17,000 pounds) biennial exemption are
not required to be periodically inspected. Farm vehicles with a Type D
(over 17,000 pounds) biennial exemption must be inspected annually and
bear a valid inspection sticker.
Registered farm vehicles must be periodically
inspected and bear valid inspection stickers. Required times for
inspection are the same for farm registered vehicles as for trucks and
truck tractors operating under regular commercial registrations.
of whether an exempt farm vehicle is subject to periodic inspection,
the following minimum safety requirements and equipment must be met
while operating on public roads:
- Rear reflectors, headlamps, functional stop lamps (brake lights)
- Adequate braking system
- Tires in safe operating condition
wheel shields to bar substances from being thrown from the rear wheels
at tangents exceeding 22.5 degrees from the road surface
- Rear view mirror
- Functional exhaust and muffler system
Further information on the equipment and requirements above is located in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 67, Chapter 175,
Subchapter E (light trucks) and
Subchapter F (medium to heavy trucks).