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Introduced by   Representatives Masland of Thetford, Barnard of Richmond, McCullough of Williston and Seibert of Norwich

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Motor vehicles; all-terrain vehicles; licensing; insurance; helmets

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that all persons operating an all-terrain vehicle on an authorized public highway be licensed and have liability insurance and that all persons operating or riding on an all-terrain vehicle wear a helmet.


Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 3501a is added to read:


(a)  A person who operates an all-terrain vehicle on an authorized public highway in accordance with the provisions of section 3510 of this title shall obtain a license from the department of motor vehicles.  All operator licenses issued under this chapter shall expire every four years at midnight on the eve of the anniversary of the date of birth of the licensee at the end of the term for which they were issued.  A person born on February 29 shall, for the purposes of this section, be considered as born on March 1.

(b)  The commissioner shall, at least 30 days before the birth anniversary of each licenseholder on which the license is scheduled to expire, mail first class to the licensee an application for renewal of the license.  

(c)  Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a licensee may request a two-year license renewal.

(d)  The commissioner shall adopt rules prescribing forms and procedures for applications, examinations, and disqualifications consistent with this title as necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

(e)  The four-year fee required to be paid to the commissioner for licensing an operator of all-terrain vehicles shall be $25.00.  The two-year fee shall be $15.00.

Sec. 2.  23 V.S.A. § 3506(h) is added to read:

(h)  No person shall operate or ride upon an all-terrain vehicle without head protection approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles.

Sec. 3.  23 V.S.A. § 3513(f) is added to read:

(f)  An all-terrain vehicle shall not be operated on an authorized public highway in accordance with the provisions of section 3510 of this title without liability insurance as described in this subsection.  No owner or operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall operate or permit the operation of the all-terrain vehicle on an authorized public right‑of‑way, except on the property of the owner, without having in effect a liability policy or bond in the amounts of at least $25,000.00 for one person and $50,000.00 for two or more persons killed or injured and $10,000.00 for damage to property in any one accident.  In lieu thereof, evidence of self‑insurance in the amount of $115,000.00 must be filed with the commissioner.  Financial responsibility shall be maintained and evidenced in a form prescribed by the commissioner.  The standards and process established in subsection 801(c) of this title shall be adopted.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont