Enforcement

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Safety

Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program

Throughout Vermont, trained officers inspect commercial vehicles and their drivers for compliance with state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Inspections are conducted at interstate weigh stations as well as along many of the state’s frequently travelled rural roadways.

Facial Recognition

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses facial recognition technology as part of our ongoing effort to prevent individuals from obtaining multiple licenses or Non-Driver ID cards. Vermont DMV is committed to doing everything it can to combat identity theft and protect the identities of Vermont residents.

Facial recognition is an effective technology that motor vehicle agencies across the country have been using for over 10 years to:

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

The defendant on a ticket issued for an overweight violation can be the operator or the carrier. The fines for an overweight violation depend on several factors.  The fines are a set amount per thousand pounds overweight, and vary depending the amount of the overweight. It also depends if the vehicle is operating on a permit, and how many overweight tickets the defendant has been convicted of in the last 12 months.

What is considered over weight enough to get a ticket/fine?

There are several ways a vehicle can be overweight; such as over the registered weight, over tire limits, over an axle weight, or over gross weight.  Depending on which way a vehicle is overweight depends on what there is for a enforcement tolerance.  Depending on the weight violation, a tolerance will vary from a zero tolerance to a 10% tolerance.  It also depends on whether the vehicle is being operated in conformance with a special permit.  However, there is no weight statute that uses the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) as the basis for a vehicle’s legal weight limit.

Enforcement & Safety

The Enforcement and Safety Division is comprised of a contingent of sworn law enforcement officers and non-sworn civilian staff. The Division has three sections, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the Investigative Section, and the Administrative Support Section which are responsible for a wide range of functions including highway safety, investigating fraud/violations, driver training programs, law enforcement, and many more. Please contact us with your questions.

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Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

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