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H.31

Introduced by   Representatives Miller of Elmore, Baker of West Rutland, Brooks of Montpelier, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hutchinson of Randolph, Smith of Morristown and Wright of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Larceny; gasoline; failure to pay

Statement of purpose:  This bill would make intentional failure to pay for gasoline a separate criminal offense and would suspend the driver’s license of a person who commits the offense.

AN ACT RELATING TO CREATING THE CRIMINAL OFFENSE OF FAILURE TO PAY FOR GASOLINE

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

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 2510 is added to read:

§ 2510.  FAILURE TO PAY FOR GASOLINE

A person who drives a motor vehicle off the premises of an establishment where gasoline offered for retail sale was dispensed into the fuel tank of the motor vehicle with the intent to avoid payment for the gasoline so dispensed shall be guilty of larceny and subject to the penalties for larceny established in this subchapter.  In addition, the court shall order suspension of the person’s license to drive a motor vehicle for six months, and upon a second conviction, the court shall order suspension of the person’s license to drive a motor vehicle for one year.  When a judgment is issued under this section, the clerk of the court shall transmit a certified abstract of the judgment to the department of motor vehicles within 72 hours of the conviction.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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