ACT NO. 184
Stiff hitch; all-surface vehicle; all-terrain vehicle
This act addresses definitions in the motor vehicle statutes as follows::
(1) Clarifies that a stiff hitch means a tow bar used by a self-propelled motor vehicle to tow another self-propelled motor vehicle while all the wheels of the towed vehicle remain in contact with the ground. The towed vehicle is not required to be registered.
(2) Establishes a definition of an all-surface vehicle or ASV as any non-highway recreational vehicle, except a snowmobile, when used for cross-country travel on trails or on any one of the following or combination of the following: land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, and natural terrain. An all-surface vehicle shall be designed for use both on land and in water, with or without tracks, shall be capable of flotation and shall be equipped with a skid-steering system, a sealed body, a fully contained cooling system, and six or eight tires designed to be inflated with an operating pressure not exceeding 10 pounds per square inch as recommended by the manufacturer. An all-surface vehicle shall have a net weight of 1,500 pounds or less, shall have a width of 75 inches or less, shall be equipped with an engine of not more than 50 horsepower, and shall have a maximum speed of not more than 25 miles per hour. An ASV when operated in water shall be considered to be a motorboat and shall be subject to the motorboat laws. An ASV operated anywhere except in water shall be subject to the provisions of the all-terrain vehicle law. The annual fee for registering an ASV is the sum of the registration fees for an all-terrain vehicle and a motor boat, plus $25.00.
(3) Clarifies the definition of an all-terrain vehicle as any nonhighway recreational vehicle, except a snowmobile, having no less than three low-pressure tires (10 pounds per square inch, or less), having a width not more than 60 inches, and having a dry weight of less than 1,700 pounds, when used for cross-country travel on trails or on any one of the following or a combination thereof: land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland, and natural terrain. An ATV on a public highway shall be considered a motor vehicle for certain offenses.
Effective Date: July 1, 2008.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street