Pennsylvania Vehicle Codes


Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code

There are millions of cars in Pennsylvania,  in addition to hundreds and thousands of other vehicles like trucks, buses, etc. Due to the large number of vehicles, the state has made laws and regulations for regulation and registration of these vehicles. The state, in an exercise of record keeping, has also made laws regarding the buying and selling of vehicles in Pennsylvania. These laws, rules and regulations can be found in Pennsylvania motor vehicle code.

The code can be downloaded (it is available in the PDF form) from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) website. The code is divided into parts, chapters and subchapters or sections. For example, if a person is looking for information on financial responsibility, he/she needs to look under PART II (Title, Registration and Licensing) and click on Chapter 17: Financial Responsibility. The document will open up in the PDF form. The definition of Financial Responsibility is laid under Subchapter A: General Provisions, wherein Financial Responsibility is defined as: “The ability to respond in damages for liability on account of accidents arising out of the maintenance or use of a motor vehicle in the amount of $15,000 because of injury to one person in any one accident,  in the amount of $30,000 because of injury to two or more persons in any one accident and in the amount of $5,000 because of damage to property of others in any one accident. The financial responsibility shall be in a form acceptable to the Department of Transportation.”  

The code does not only inform the reader but also enables him/her to know what the state specifically demands. The information enables the reader to buy insurance policy for his/her vehicle in accordance with the law and further protects him/her from any misrepresentation from an insurance company’s agent.
The state of Pennsylvania enforces strict-DUI laws. To obtain more information on such laws, the reader is advised to read Chapter 38: Driving After Imbibing Alcohol or Utilizing Drugs, which falls under PART III: Operation of vehicles.


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