Snow Removal

Vermont law has for many years prohibited persons from placing anything within roadways that might obstruct traffic or create a safety hazard for drivers, 19 V.S.A. § 1105, 111 (b).  Violators can be fined up to $10,000 and can be held personally liable for the costs of repairing any damage and for reasonable attorney’s fees.

In 1997, the Legislature made the act of dumping snow into highways a crime by enacting the following provision:  “No person, other than an employee in the performance of his or her official duties or other person authorized by the Agency of Transportation or Selectboard shall plow or otherwise deposit snow onto the traveled way, shoulder or sidewalk of a state highway or a class 1, 2, or 3 town highway.”  23 V.S.A. § 1126a.  Any law enforcement officer may enforce this state law if violated.  23 V.S.A. § 1013.