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Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 029 : SNOWMOBILES, MOTORBOATS, AND WATER SPORTS

Subchapter 001 : Snowmobiles

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 3207)
  • § 3207. Penalties and revocation of registration; SWI; privilege; suspension; criminal penalty

    (a) A person who violates any of the following sections of this title shall be subject to a civil penalty of $35.00 for each violation:

        § 3203                       failure to return transferred registration

        § 3205(a)-(c)             operation with defective or inadequate equipment, except improper muffling device

        § 3205(e)                   sale of a snowmobile for operation without required equipment; improper operation; permitting improper operation

        § 3206(b)(8)             by a person without a certificate of snowmobile education

        § 3206(b)(1)(D)        by a person under 16 years of age

        § 3206(b)(10)            display of registration plate

      (b) A person who violates any of the following sections of this title shall be  subject to a civil penalty of $55.00 for each violation:

        § 3206(b)(1)              on a public highway

        § 3206(b)(2), (3)       on a plowed highway

        § 3206(b)(4)              on a municipal highway

        § 3206(b)(13)            in cemeteries

        § 3206(b)(14)            interstate and limited access highways

        § 3206(b)(15)            sidewalks

      (c) A person who violates any of the following sections of this title shall be  subject to a civil penalty of $135.00 for each violation:

        § 3202                     operation of an unregistered snowmobile

        § 3205(a)                 alterations made to headlight lenses

        § 3206(a)                 permitting operation of an unregistered snowmobile

        § 3206(b)(6)            natural area

        § 3206(b)(20)          trail access limited

        § 3206(b)(21)          failure to wear proper protective headgear

      (d) A person who violates any of the following sections of this title shall be  subject to a civil penalty of $300.00 for each violation:

        § 3204(b)                misuse of manufacturer's/seller's registration

        § 3206(b)(5)            private land or private body of water

        § 3206(b)(16)          operation after privilege suspended

        § 3206(b)(17)          operation of a snowmobile in unreasonable manner

        § 3206(b)(18)(C)     display of improper TMA by a snowmobile used in a commercial operation

        § 3206(b)(18)(D)     failure to display commercial identification

        § 3209                      defacing numbers on snowmobiles

        § 3209a                    defacing trail signs

      (e) A person who violates any of the following sections of this title shall be  subject to a civil penalty of up to $500.00 for each violation:

        § 3205(d)                operation with an improper muffling device

        § 3206(b)(19)          liability insurance

        § 3206(b)(22)          operation of a snowmobile in closed or open

        and (23)                   season

        § 3206(b)(9)(A)      harassing wildlife   

      (f) A person who violates any of the following provisions of this title shall be imprisoned for not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000.00, or both. If the person has been previously convicted of the same violation, the person shall be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than $3,000.00, or both:

    § 3206(b)(9)(B)      intentionally causing animal pain or suffering

        § 3206(b)(12)          reckless operation

        § 3211                     leaving scene of an accident

        § 3212                     attempting to elude law enforcement officer

     (g) The Commissioner or his or her authorized agent may suspend or revoke the registration of any snowmobile registered in this State and repossess the number and certificate to it, when he or she is satisfied that:

    (1) a snowmobile has been stolen;

    (2) the registrant is not the legal owner;

    (3) a snowmobile is operated without proper equipment after the owner has been notified by a law enforcement officer to procure and use such equipment as is required by law or Department rules; or

    (4) the owner of a snowmobile has perpetrated some fraud upon the Department of Motor Vehicles.

    (h) Civil penalties established under this section shall be mandatory and may not be reduced. (Added 1983, No. 212 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 1991, No. 165 (Adj. Sess.), § 9; 1993, No. 234 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1994; 1999, No. 20, §§ 8, 11; 2001, No. 126 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 5, 6, eff. June 12, 2002; 2003, No. 116 (Adj. Sess.), § 6; 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 233; 2019, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 23, eff. July 13, 2020.)