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Old 04-15-2007, 09:42 PM
 
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Greetings, all. I'm considering moving to Pennsylvania.

I don't have much luck searching around, but I want to know what vehicle laws in PA are like.

Can anyone clarify on emission testing? I know PA has a few counties that regulate emission testing. But what counties? And how do they test the emissions? I drive an older modified pickup truck. How do they register trucks? I see PA trucks have "TRUCK" on plates. What are the differences? I also know they have annual inspections. What does an inspection consists of?

Currently living in MD, gun laws are very strict so I don't own any. Is PA the same or much more lax on laws on handguns and rifles?

Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:32 AM
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Greetings, all. I'm considering moving to Pennsylvania.

I don't have much luck searching around, but I want to know what vehicle laws in PA are like.

Can anyone clarify on emission testing? I know PA has a few counties that regulate emission testing. But what counties? And how do they test the emissions? I drive an older modified pickup truck. How do they register trucks? I see PA trucks have "TRUCK" on plates. What are the differences? I also know they have annual inspections. What does an inspection consists of?

Currently living in MD, gun laws are very strict so I don't own any. Is PA the same or much more lax on laws on handguns and rifles?

Thanks!
Emission testing is done in most counties close to the big cities where the air quaility dosen't meet the federal specs. You can probably found out on line which ones test. Its a pretty strict test so if your car isn't up to specs it will fail. All trucks( pick ups,vans, and large Suv's )get the truck plates. DMV has a guide that they use to determine if you vehicle falls into that catagory. Not sure about the gun laws.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:21 AM
 
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Gun laws are pretty good in Pa. Instant background checks allow you to buy pretty much anything you can afford that day. Pa. is also a "shall issue" state. That means that they can't deny you a concealed carry permit unless you have violated certain laws. Pa. also provides public hunting grounds if you are into that. The State is not legally allowed to register firearm owners, but still keeps illegal lists through purchase records. You can learn more about any State at www.packing.org (broken link)
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:44 AM
 
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And here's another link: http://crime.about.com/od/gunlawsbys.../gunlaw_pa.htm

Regarding emissions:
http://www.drivecleanpa.state.pa.us/drivecleanpa/default.htm (broken link)
Here's info for anyone new to the state:
http://www.dmv.org/pa-pennsylvania/d...r-vehicles.php

Google answers all!
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Old 04-16-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Honesdale, PA
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Wayne County does not have any emission testing. I recently relocated from NJ and was pleasantly surprised. Emission testing is a waste of taxpayer money as 99.9% of same vehicles pass the same tests every year and 100% of the same offending motor vehicles such as diesel trucks, farm equipment etc, do not have their emissions tested. They belch out more than 10 times as much pollutants as all the remaining vehicles.

As the EPA continues to tighten emission standards, the automobile manufacturers continue to waste even larger amounts of money due to the laws of diminishing returns. Obviously these costs get passed on to the consumer.

I found the following link to be informative:
http://www.reasontofreedom.com/Emission_Testing.html
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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Greetings, all. I'm considering moving to Pennsylvania.

I don't have much luck searching around, but I want to know what vehicle laws in PA are like.

Can anyone clarify on emission testing? I know PA has a few counties that regulate emission testing. But what counties? And how do they test the emissions? I drive an older modified pickup truck. How do they register trucks? I see PA trucks have "TRUCK" on plates. What are the differences? I also know they have annual inspections. What does an inspection consists of?

Currently living in MD, gun laws are very strict so I don't own any. Is PA the same or much more lax on laws on handguns and rifles?

Thanks!
You can try this website regarding emissions testing: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/inspections/emissions.shtml

You can also try this website regarding general motor vehicle questions like registration and insurance coverage requirements:
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/m...leCenter.shtml

I don't own guns, never have. I do know they do background checks for new purchases and you need a permit to carry one that you get from the county you reside in. Hope this helps.
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