|BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE||2007-2008|
AN ACT RELATING TO CLARIFYING THE DEFINITION OF “STIFF HITCH” IN THE MOTOR VEHICLE STATUTES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. § 4(77) is amended to read:
§ 4. DEFINITIONS
Except as may be otherwise provided herein, and unless the context otherwise requires in statutes relating to motor vehicles and enforcement of the law regulating vehicles, as provided in this title and part 5 of Title 20, the following definitions shall apply:
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“Stiff hitch” shall mean a tow bar used by a self-propelled motor vehicle to
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.
Sec. 2. 23 V.S.A. § 4(78) is added to read:
(78) An “all-surface vehicle” or “ASV” means 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 motor boat and shall be subject to the provisions of subchapter 2 of chapter 29 of this title. An ASV operated anywhere except in water shall be treated as an all-terrain vehicle and be subject to the provisions of chapter 31 of this title.
Sec. 3. 23 V.S.A. § 364b is added to read:
§ 364b. ALL-SURFACE VEHICLES; REGISTRATION
The annual fee for registration of an all-surface vehicle (ASV) shall be the sum of the fees established by sections 3305 and 3504 of this title, plus $25.00. Notwithstanding section 502 of Title 32, the commissioner may charge the actual cost of production of the plates against the fees collected, and the balance shall be deposited in the transportation fund.
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