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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.496

Introduced by Representatives Deen of Westminster, Leriche of Hardwick and Martin of Wolcott

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; financial responsibility and insurance; maintenance of financial responsibility

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to increase the penalties for operating a motor vehicle without sufficient liability insurance.

AN ACT RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITHOUT SUFFICIENT LIABILITY INSURANCE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 800 is amended to read:

§ 800.  MAINTENANCE OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

     (a)  No owner or operator of a motor vehicle required to be licensed shall operate or permit the operation of the vehicle upon the highways of the state without having in effect an automobile 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 damages 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 of motor vehicles.  Such financial responsibility shall be maintained and evidenced in a form prescribed by the commissioner.  The commissioner may require that evidence of financial responsibility be produced before motor vehicle inspections are performed pursuant to the requirements of 23 V.S.A. § 1222.

     (b)  A person who violates this section shall be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $100.00, and such violation shall be a traffic violation within the meaning of chapter 24 of this title imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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