Early Duties of the Motor Vehicle Inspectors
Motor Vehicle Inspectors were responsible for the maintenance of order on state highways through the enforcement of motor vehicle laws. Laws passed in 1921 and 1925 increased inspectors’ authority to enforce motor vehicle laws and crimes where a motor vehicle was involved. Inspector duties included checking vehicles for proper lighting and brakes, verifying licenses and registrations, investigating crashes, and providing traffic control at large gatherings or when President Calvin Coolidge visited Vermont. Inspectors were busy during the Prohibition Era as many bootleggers from Canada used Vermont’s roadways to get to points south. Inspectors were responsible for a specific geographic area and answered to their District Inspector.