Dealer Bulletin #17-02

27 June 2017

There were a number of changes made to Vermont’s motor vehicle laws this past legislative session that dealers should be aware of. These changes are contained in Acts 71. The following information highlights the sections of the Act we feel would be of most interest to dealers. These sections become law on July 1, 2017 unless otherwise noted.  You can view the Act in their entirety on the legislative home page of the state website:

Act No. 71 (S.127). Motor vehicles; taxation and fees; judiciary; transportation An act relating to miscellaneous changes to laws related to vehicles and vessels

  • Sec. 6. (23 V.S.A. § 321) Registration Transfers. Increases from 30 days to 60 days the period within which a motor vehicle may lawfully be operated with registration plates lawfully transferred from another vehicle.
  • Sec. 22 & 23 (32 V.S.A. § 8907) Motor Vehicle Purchase and Use Tax. This act also updates terminology related to values in the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Official Used Car Guide. Provides that the three-month limitation on the period in which to reduce the taxable cost of a motor vehicle by the sale of a previously owned vehicle shall not apply to vehicles sold to the manufacturer pursuant to a buyback agreement under a Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche diesel engine defeat device settlement or judgment, if the vehicle is sold to the manufacturer within specified time periods.
  • Sec. 27 (23 V.S.A. § 1222(e)) Mail Carrier Vehicles. Provides that a vehicle used as a mail carrier under a contract with the U.S. Postal Service will not fail inspection solely because, in converting the vehicle to right-hand drive, the right front airbag has been removed or disconnected.

Date Governor signed bill: June 8, 2017

Please contact the Dealers section of Enforcement & Safety Division if you have any questions.


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