ACT NO. 20
Motor vehicles; wreckers; single-axle tow dolly; stiff hitch
This act clarifies and defines in the motor vehicle statutes the meanings of single-axle tow dolly, wrecker, and stiff hitch as follows:
(1) Single-axle tow dolly is a vehicle towed by a self-propelled motor vehicle and designed and used exclusively to transport another self-propelled motor vehicle which shall not be required to be registered and upon which the front or rear wheels of the towed self-propelled motor vehicle are mounted, while the other wheels of the towed self-propelled motor vehicle remain in contact with the ground. These vehicles shall not be subject to registration or titling nor shall they be treated as a separate vehicle when used in combination with another vehicle. They shall be subject to equipment safety requirements. This definition has been expanded to allow these tow dollies to transport unregistered vehicles.
(2) Wrecker means a motor truck equipped with a permanently mounted hoisting apparatus, winch, or derrick designed for moving and towing motor vehicles with no provision for carrying a load on the body of the truck except motor vehicles, parts and equipment used for the repair of motor vehicles, and equipment used for the operation of a hoisting apparatus, winch, or derrick. A motor truck that is registered as a wrecker may tow a motor vehicle on the highway without the towed vehicle being required to be registered.
(3) Stiff hitch means a tow bar used by a self-propelled motor vehicle to tow another validly registered self-propelled motor vehicle while all the wheels of the towed vehicle remain in contact with the ground. The towed vehicle shall not be required to be registered.
Effective Date: July 1, 2007
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street