Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) 

No inspection station can knowingly pass a vehicle for a safety inspection if the TPMS malfunction system is illuminated.   Doing so would be a violation of the Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual and subject the inspection station to fines and potential loss of license.  Furthermore, a vehicle operator could be ticketed by a law enforcement officer for operating a vehicle on a public highway when the TPMS warning system is illuminated.  This violation is commonly referred to as defective equipment. 

In 2014, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles issued an Inspection Bulletin to Vermont Inspection Stations regarding this issue (see bulletin here).

Law Enforcement Bulletin DLS Charges pursuant to 23 VSA 674(a) 

Law Enforcement Bulletin issued October 23, 2015.  

Volkswagen Diesel News
  • The EPA issued a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. on September 18, 2015. The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The software produced by Volkswagen is a “defeat device,” as defined by the Clean Air Act. California is separately issuing an In-Use Compliance letter to Volkswagen, and EPA and the California Air Resources Board have both initiated investigations based on Volkswagen’s alleged actions. Details here,

  • Vermont Attorney General opens investigation of VW. Details here,

  • Information from VW,


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Drive Time -- Safety Tips for VT Drivers

Information, tips and reminders from those who work to keep Vermont drivers safe

Vermont State Police, Vermont DMV, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont Sheriffs Association. and the AARP Driver Safety Program.


It’s always wise this time of year to dust off our winter driving skills, because we never know when Mother Nature will send nasty weather our way. Get through the holidays and on to spring safely with these winter driving tips.

Ahead of time:

  • Practice handling your vehicle on ice and snow in an empty parking lot.
  • Make sure brakes, wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
  • Check that antifreeze and windshield washer fluid are ready for colder temperatures.
  • Put good snow tires (the same type) on all four wheels, and be sure they are properly inflated.
  • Add winter items to your emergency kit: ice scraper/snow brush, shovel, non-clumping kitty litter or sand, warm clothing and boots, food and water, windshield washer fluid, candle and matches, blanket, non-freeze cleaner and paper towels to clean windshield and lights, and fresh batteries in the flashlight,
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full.
  • For the latest information on road conditions, dial 511 or check
  • Remember your cell phone, but be aware that you can’t always depend on it.
  • Clear all snow and ice from windows, mirrors, lights, wipers, hood, trunk and roof.
  • Plan for extra time to prevent frustration when your trip takes longer due to slower speeds on slippery roads.