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Vermont Motorcycle Laws and Information

Legislature | State Motorcyclists Rights Organization (SMRO)

Motorcycle helmet law:

§ 1256. Motorcycles-Headgear

No person may operate or ride upon a motorcycle upon a highway unless he wears upon his head protective headgear reflectorized in part and of a type approved by the commissioner. The headgear shall be equipped with either a neck or chin strap. (Added 1967, No. 264 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)

Other motorcycle laws:

§ 1257. -Face protection

If a motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield or screen, the operator of the motorcycle shall wear either eye glasses, goggles or a protective face shield when operating the vehicle. The glasses, goggles or face shield shall have colorless lenses when the motorcycle is being operated during the period of thirty minutes after sunset to thirty minutes before sunrise and at any other time when due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of five hundred feet ahead. (Added 1967, No. 264 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)

§ 1117. -Footrests and handlebars

(a) Any motorcycle or mo-ped carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.

(b) No person shall operate any motorcycle or mo-ped with handlebars more than 15 inches in height above that portion of the seat occupied by the operator. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1977, No. 20, § 5.)

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