§ 449.8. Equipment rental.

 (a)  General rule. A contract in excess of $10,000 for the rental of equipment shall be advertised, bid and bonded and a contract between $4,000 and $10,000 shall be awarded only after three telephone price quotes are obtained, unless the work is performed by the municipality’s own employee forces. For contracts between $4,000 and $10,000, in lieu of the price quotations, a memorandum shall be kept on file showing that fewer than three qualified contractors service the market area within which it is practicable to obtain quotations until a satisfactory audit of the contract is completed by the Department of the Auditor General.

   (1)  The advertisement shall contain a reasonably complete description of the type of equipment, approximate length of time the equipment will be required and whether the equipment shall be provided with operators.

   (2)  The proposal shall contain the approximate number of hours, days, and the like that the equipment will be required, as reasonably estimated by the municipality.

   (3)  Annual contracts for equipment rental and labor shall be permitted.

   (4)  On equipment rental contracts over $10,000, suppliers shall provide bonds in accordance with the chart in §  449.7(c) (relating to purchase of materials and equipment).

   (5)  If rented equipment is subsequently purchased, any rental paid in excess of an annual rate of 25% of the value of the equipment shall be regarded as a part of the purchase price in determining if the purchase must be advertised and bid.

 (b)  “Local forces” defined. “Local forces” are defined as follows:

   (1)  For the local forces exception to apply to equipment rented with operators, it must be shown that more than one half of the total man-hours of work on the project will be performed by municipal employees.

   (2)  Bona fide temporary employees of the municipality shall be counted as municipal employees. Employees of a contractor placed on the payroll of a municipality for the duration of a project will not be recognized as municipal employees.

   (3)  To substantiate a determination that a project is a local forces job, all man-hours shall be identified on payroll records.

 (c)  Lease-purchase contracts of equipment. When equipment is rented for general street and highway construction and maintenance use, rather than for a particular project, it may be desirable to enter into a lease containing a purchase option.

   (1)  If the total amount of the lease-purchase agreement, including trade-in allowance, all rentals and the amount paid under the purchase option exceeds $10,000, advertising, bidding and a performance bond are required.

   (2)  The only Liquid Fuels Tax funds which may be used for a lease-purchase agreement is the 20% portion reserved for the purchase of equipment.

   (3)  Equipment purchased with Liquid Fuels Tax funds shall be used primarily for street and highway use.


   The provisions of this §  449.8 issued under The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § §  511.3, 512 and 513); and act of June 1, 1956 (P. L. (1955) 1944, No. 655) (72 P. S. § §  2615.1—2615.10); amended under the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S. § §  6103 and 9511; and sections 1—10 of the act of June 1, 1956 (P. L. (1955) 1944, No. 655) (72 P. S. § §  2615.1—2615.10).


   The provisions of this §  449.8 amended through August 20, 1982, effective August 21, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 2802; amended May 16, 2003, effective May 17, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 2378. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (240962) to (240963).

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