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NO. 106.  AN ACT RELATING TO PERMITS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE SIGNAL LAMPS.

(S.73)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1251 is amended to read:

§ 1251.  SIRENS AND COLORED SIGNAL LAMPS

No motor vehicle shall be operated upon a highway of this state equipped with a siren or signal lamp colored other than amber visible from the front of the motor vehicle unless a permit authorizing such equipment, issued by the commissioner of motor vehicles, is carried in the vehicle.  The commissioner may promulgate such adopt additional regulations rules as may be required to govern the acquisition of permits and the use pertaining to sirens and colored signal lamps.

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 1252(a) is amended to read:

(a)  When satisfied as to the condition and use of the vehicle, the commissioner shall issue and may revoke, for cause, permits for sirens or colored signal lamps in the following manner:

(1)  Sirens and/or or blue or blue and white signal lamps, or a combination of these, for all law enforcement vehicles, owned or leased by a law enforcement agency or a certified law enforcement officer and if the applicant is a constable, the application shall be accompanied by a certification by the town clerk that the applicant is the duly elected or appointed constable and attesting that the town has not voted to limit the constable’s authority to engage in enforcement activities under 24 V.S.A. § 1936a.

(2)  Sirens and red or red and white signal lamps for all ambulances, fire apparatus, vehicles owned or leased by, or provided to volunteer firemen and voluntary rescue squad members, including a vehicle owned by a volunteer’s employer when the volunteer has the written authorization of the employer to use the vehicle for emergency fire or rescue activities and motor vehicles used solely in rescue operations.

(3)  No vehicle may be authorized a permit for more than one of the above combinations described in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection.

(4)  Notwithstanding subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, no motor vehicle, other than one owned by the applicant, shall be issued a permit until such time as the commissioner can adequately record the information regarding both the owner of the vehicle and the applicant for the permit.

(5)  Upon application to the commissioner, the commissioner may issue a single permit for all the vehicles owned or leased by the applicant.

Sec. 3.  23 V.S.A. § 1253 is amended to read:

§ 1253.  INSPECTION OF PERMITS

Permits issued by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions hereof of sections 1251 and 1252 of this title shall be carried in some easily accessible place in the vehicles authorized to use said the equipment and shall be available for inspection at any or all times by any law enforcement officer, or during the inspection by the authorized personnel of an official inspection station designated as such by the department of motor vehicles, as provided by section 1222 of this title.  No inspection sticker may be issued for a vehicle equipped with a siren or colored signal lamp, or both, except those exempted under section 1255 of this title, unless a current or valid permit for such the siren or colored signal lamp, or both, is produced for inspection.  If a vehicle’s permit is issued pursuant to subdivision 1252(a)(5) of this title, a copy of the permit is acceptable.

Approved:  May 15, 2002