|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Pellett of Chester
Subject: Motor vehicles; lawnmower and tractor safety
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to direct the agency of transportation to undertake a study and make recommendations on how to increase safety for operators and passengers on lawn mowers, tractors, and other farm and yard equipment.
AN ACT RELATING TO LAWNMOWER AND TRACTOR SAFETY
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS
The general assembly finds:
(1) Lawn mowers, tractors, and other farm and yard equipment can be extremely dangerous when individuals without experience, training, or supervision ride or operate such equipment. At the same time, this equipment is crucial to many homeowners and all farmers, and unnecessarily regulating use of this equipment should be avoided.
(2) The tradition of learning safe operation of farm and lawn equipment is often passed down through family rather than through formal training. Moreover, children of various ages often provide assistance to their families by mowing their lawns and undertaking other tasks that involve farm and yard equipment. Continuing this tradition is important.
(3) Current law in Vermont places limits on the operators of certain farm and lawn equipment. However, no limits are placed on passengers or individuals who are supervising new users of farm and lawn equipment. While such limits might increase safety, they might also have the unwanted effect of creating liability for parents or other family members who are teaching new generations, thereby discouraging education of younger individuals.
Sec. 2. AGENCY OF TRANSPORTATION STUDY
(a) The agency of transportation shall undertake a study of methods for increasing safe operation of lawnmowers, tractors, and other farm and yard equipment. In particular, the agency shall consider:
(1) Passengers riding on farm and yard equipment for training or entertainment purposes.
(2) Operation of farm and yard equipment, particularly lawnmowers, by children, for the purpose of providing assistance to family members.
(3) Training children on proper operation of farm and yard equipment.
(4) Past incidence of accidents involving minors riding as passengers or using farm and yard equipment alone.
(b) The agency of transportation shall report its findings to the general assembly no later than January 1, 2008.
The Vermont General Assembly
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