§ 253.3. Application for certification of authorization.

 (a)  Criteria for applicants. A person wishing to be authorized as a salvor shall meet the following conditions:

   (1)  The applicant shall have and maintain an established place of business.

   (2)  The applicant shall be a vehicle salvage dealer as defined in 75 Pa.C.S. §  1337(c) (relating to use of ‘‘Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Business’’ registration plates).

   (3)  The applicant shall be the owner or lessee of adequate storage facilities.

     (i)   Adequate storage facilities means an open or closed space of at least 5,000 square feet reserved solely for the storage of abandoned motor vehicles.

     (ii)   The storage facility shall comply with the act of July 28, 1966, 3rd Special Session (P. L. 91, No. 4) (36 P. S. § §  2719.1—2719.15), known as the Junkyard and Automotive Recycler Screening Law, pertaining to licensing and screening of junk yards if the place of business of the salvor is within 1,000 feet of an interstate or primary highway.

   (4)  The applicant shall own or rent suitable equipment for the towing of abandoned vehicles. Suitable equipment shall be a 1 ton or more truck specifically designed or adapted for use to tow or haul abandoned vehicles.

 (b)  Application procedure. A person wishing to be authorized as a salvor shall apply on a form provided by the Bureau which shall be accompanied by the following documents:

   (1)  A bond in the amount of $10,000.

     (i)   The bond posted on behalf of the salvor shall indemnify the public and the Department against damages incurred as a result of negligence or intentional conduct by the principal and the employes thereof. The bond shall cover all places of business operated by the salvor.

     (ii)   If the bond is withdrawn by the bonding company or the bonding company becomes insolvent, the certificate of authorization to operate as a salvor shall be automatically suspended or terminated until the salvor furnishes the Commonwealth with a substitute bond in the amount required by law.

   (2)  A copy of the lease or deed of the applicant’s place of business.

 (c)  Opportunity for review. If the Department denies an application for a certificate of authorization, the Department will provide the applicant with a letter listing the reasons for denial and an opportunity to show cause why the application should not be denied.

 (d)  Temporary certificate of authorization. After reviewing an application, the Bureau may issue a temporary certificate of authorization. The temporary certificate of authorization will be issued for 60 days, during which period the Bureau may cause an investigation to be made of the operations of the salvor. When the temporary certificate of authorization expires, the Bureau may issue a regular certificate of authorization or, if the processing of the application has not been completed, the Bureau will renew the temporary certificate of authorization.


   The provisions of this §  253.3 adopted August 19, 1977, effective August 20, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 2362; amended September 28, 1990, effective September 29, 1990, 20 Pa.B. 4957. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (57801) to (57802).

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