§ 115.2. Initial certification.

 (a)  An owner of a boat carrying passengers for hire shall apply for certification of the boat on a form provided by the Commission and shall provide the information requested on the form.

 (b)  An applicant shall submit the following documentation in addition to the application form:

   (1)  Form PFBC-291c. A Form PFBC-291c, Vessel Characteristic Report, has two parts. Part A is to be completed and signed by the owner. Part B is to be completed by a qualified accredited marine surveyor who conducted the inspection within 6 months preceding the date of the application. The inspection report shall include a statement by the marine surveyor as to whether or not the boat is suitable for the use intended, or if not suitable, the requirements necessary to bring about compliance. The report shall also include the opinion of the marine surveyor as to the total number of persons who may be carried on the boat. The opinion of the marine surveyor shall be based on a United States Coast Guard-approved stability test suitable for the type and size of boat.

   (2)  Proof of financial responsibility. An applicant shall furnish the Commission proof of financial responsibility. The proof shall evidence the applicant’s ability to respond in damages on account of accidents arising out of the maintenance or use of the passenger carrying boat. The minimum amount of coverage shall be $500,000 because of injury or death to one person in an accident and $1,000,000 because of injury or death to two or more persons in an accident and $25,000 because of damage to property of others in an accident. Proof of financial responsibility shall be in a form acceptable to the Commission and shall provide for notice to the Commission in the event of cancellation of liability insurance.


   The provisions of this §  115.2 amended under section 5123(a)(1) of the Fish and Boat Code (30 Pa.C.S. §  5123(a)(1)).


   The provisions of this §  115.2 amended December 21, 2012, effective January 1, 2013, 42 Pa.B. 7690. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (293747) to (293748).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  115.4 (relating to annual safety inspections).

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