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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008


ACT NO. 55


Conservation and development; air pollution; fuel additives; MTBE;

motor vehicle emissions labeling

This act provides that a fuel product used by a motor vehicle in a race may contain a gasoline ether and may be sold at retail or sold at wholesale for use in a race in the state, provided that it is sold in prepackaged drums, pails, or containers. The act additionally directs the secretary of natural resources, in consultation with the commissioner of motor vehicles, to establish, by rule, a vehicle emissions labeling program for new motor vehicles sold or leased in the state with a model year of 2010 or later. The rules adopted shall require automobile manufacturers to install the labels. Vehicle emissions labels under this program shall include the vehicle's emissions score. The required label shall be consistent with the labels and information required by other states, including the California motor vehicle greenhouse gas and smog index label and any revisions thereto. A label that complies with the requirements of the California vehicle labeling program shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this act and the rules adopted under the act for the content of labels. The vehicle emissions label shall be affixed to the vehicle in a clearly visible location, as set forth by the secretary of natural resources in rule. On or after the effective date of the rules adopted under this act, no new motor vehicle shall be sold or leased in the state unless a vehicle emissions label that meets the requirements of this act is affixed to the vehicle except in the case of a trade of a new motor vehicle by a Vermont dealer, as that term is defined in 23 V.S.A. § 4(8), or with a dealer from another state that does not have a similar labeling law, provided that the motor vehicle involved in the trade is sold within 30 days of the trade. As used in this act, "motor vehicle" means all passenger cars, light duty trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 8,00 pounds or less, and medium duty passenger vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds that are designed primarily for the transportation of persons.


(a) The portion of the act authorizing racing fuel containing an ether (MTBE) and the vehicle emissions labeling program take effect upon passage.

(b) The rules required by the act shall take effect for new motor vehicles with model year 2010, or at such time as the California motor vehicle greenhouse gas labeling specifications are implemented, whichever is later.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont