2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 75 - VEHICLES
Chapter 16 - Commercial Drivers
1613 - Implied consent requirements for commercial motor vehicle drivers.
§ 1613. Implied consent requirements for commercial motor vehicle drivers. (a) Implied consent.--A person who drives a commercial motor vehicle in this Commonwealth is deemed to have given consent to take a test or tests of the person's breath, blood or urine for the purpose of determining the person's alcohol concentration or the presence of other controlled substances. (b) Tests ordered by police officer.--A test or tests may be administered at the direction of a police officer who, after stopping or detaining the commercial motor vehicle driver, has reasonable grounds to believe that the driver was driving a commercial motor vehicle while having any alcohol in his system. (c) Warning against refusal.--A person requested to submit to a test as provided in subsection (a) shall be warned by the police officer requesting the test that refusal to submit to the test will result in the person's being disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle under subsection (e). (d) Report on test refusal.--If the person refuses testing, the police officer shall submit a sworn report to the department certifying that the test was requested pursuant to subsection (a) and that the person refused to submit to testing. (d.1) Disqualification for refusal.--Upon receipt of a report of test refusal, the department shall disqualify the person who is the subject of the report for the same period as if the department had received a report of the person's conviction for violating one of the offenses listed in section 1611(a) (relating to disqualification). A person who is disqualified as a result of a report of test refusal that originated in this Commonwealth shall have the same right of appeal as provided for in cases of suspension. Where the report of test refusal originated from another state or other foreign jurisdiction, the review of a court on an appeal from a disqualification under this subsection shall be limited to whether the department has received a report of refusal and whether the person has successfully established one of the following defenses: (1) The person being disqualified is not the one identified in the report. (2) The person has successfully contested the report in the jurisdiction from which it originated. (3) The department has erred in determining the length of the disqualification to be imposed as a result of the report of test refusal. (d.2) Limitation on noncommercial motor vehicle-based refusal.--A report of test refusal which occurred prior to the effective date of this subsection and which did not involve a commercial motor vehicle shall not be considered by the department for purposes of applying a disqualification pursuant to this section. (d.3) Definition.--As used in this section, the term "report of test refusal" shall mean the following: (1) A report of a police officer submitted to the department that a person refused to submit to testing requested under this section. (2) A notice by a police officer to the department of a person's refusal to take a test requested pursuant to section 1547 (relating to chemical testing to determine amount of alcohol or controlled substance) where the person was a commercial driver at the time relevant to the refusal. (3) Any document, including an electronic transmission, submitted to the department from a court of competent jurisdiction indicating that a person was convicted of an offense that involves the refusal to submit to testing for alcohol or controlled substances where the person was a commercial driver at the time of the violation. (4) Any document, including an electronic transmission, submitted to the department from a court, administrative tribunal, administrative agency or police officer or other agent of another state or other foreign jurisdiction indicating that a person refused to take a test requested to aid enforcement of a law against driving while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance where the person was a commercial driver at the time relevant to the refusal. (e) Disqualification for refusal.--(Deleted by amendment). (f) Appeal of disqualification.--(Deleted by amendment). (July 5, 2005, P.L.100, No.37) 2005 Amendment. Act 37 added subsecs. (d.1), (d.2) and (d.3) and deleted subsecs. (e) and (f). Section 10(2) of Act 37 provided that Act 37 shall take effect 90 days after publication of a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The notice was published July 16, 2005, at 35 Pa.B. 4029. Cross References. Section 1613 is referred to in sections 1611, 1612 of this title.
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