TMA stands for Trails Maintenance Assessment and is the pass which allows you to snowmobile on signed and groomed VAST trails. Each TMA is placed on the left-side of your snowmobile cowl adjacent to your state registration, according to VT law. TMAs can be purchased from our club.
Five Classifications of TMA's The TMADefinitions, Questions and Answers
Regular Snowmobile TMA For the lack of a better term, is a snowmobile that is less than 15-years old!
Family TMA Issued to families with children up to 18 years of age or up to 22 year's of age if they are enrolled in a school of higher education. To be eligible, all snowmobiles must be registered to the same family member or the same family member's name must appear on each registration as the co-owner & same mailing address. First two TMAs purchased at the "Early Bird" or "Regular Season" rate for Regular or Volunteer categories. The third, fourth, fifth or any subsequent TMAs sold at 1/2 the applicable Regular rate, from "Family TMA"
Q.Does the same family members' name have to appear on all snowmobileregistrations? A. Yes, just because individuals have the same mailing address will not be the only criteria for issuing Family TMAs! The intent of the family TMA is to make it more affordable for families with younger children to enjoy the sport of snowmobiling; it is not to allow young working adults an opportunity to get a lower price.
Q. Do all Family TMAs have to be purchased at the same place? A. No, as long as the individual has proof of the other purchase(s) they may buy the Family TMAs from different clubs.
Q. What if my name is on two registrations and my wife's name is on the third, willthis qualify for a Family TMA? A. No, VAST recommends that all family owned snowmobiles be registered with at least one common person as the owner or co-owner. This is recommended for legal reasons and it is a requirement for issuing Family TMAs.
Q. Is it easy to add a co-owner's name to a snowmobile registration? A. Yes, it is! It can be done at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles in Montpelier (DMV); in addition, any VAST appointed snowmobile registration agent is able to complete the changes for you.
Five-Day Pass No Liability Insurance is included with the 5-Day Pass. Any Resident or Non- Resident may purchase a five-day pass. The five-day pass is not subject to the "Early Bird" program. The price of a five-day pass DOES NOT include liability insurance.
Q. May five-day passes be issued in advance? A. Yes, technically they may; however, VAST does not recommend that they be sold more than three-days in advance of the time they will be used! If you sell an advance five-day pass, make sure that the buyer is aware that if they ride before or after the dates indicated on the TMA decal, they will be subject to fines for riding without a TMA and without insurance, fines totaling more than $500. Riding without a valid TMA may also result in charges of criminal trespass due to committing an intentional act of trespass.
Classic TMA Any snowmobile that is 15-years or older and not registered as an antique. (Nearly 50% off the applicable regular rate)
Q: What if I purchase a classic TMA and later on I buy a new snowmobile, can Itransfer my Classic TMA? A: Yes, you can, but you must pay the difference between the price that you paid for your Classic TMA and the cost of the Regular TMA at the time that you purchase the Regular TMA.
Antique TMA Any snowmobile that is 25-years old and that is registered as an antique snowmobile by Vermont or any other state or province. (Snowmobiles legally registered as Antiques, must be used exclusively in exhibitions, parades and public functions. Antique TMAs sold only through the VAST office.)
Q: Will club and county dues be charged when an Antique TMA is purchased throughthe VAST office? A: YES - Just as with a commercial or dealer TMA, club dues will be charged and will be refunded to the club that is designated by the member.
Volunteer TMA Volunteer TMAs will continue to be furnished to all snowmobile clubs in the same manner that they have been in the past, and as defined in the policy manual: Eight for each club and an additional one for every 10 (ten) miles of groomed corridor trail the club maintains.
Commercial TMA Any snowmobile that is rented and/or used in conjunction with a snowmobile tour. (Commercial TMAs sold only at the VAST office.)
TMA Replacement There is a special box to use on the new TMA application form. Must list the number of the TMA being replaced, and member copy of prior TMA must be presented, and attached to the replacement TMA form. There is a $5 fee for issuing a replacement TMA. If the TMA replacement is for someone upgrading their TMA from a Classic TMA to a regular TMA the difference in cost between the Classic TMA and the regular TMA should be added to the $5 transfer fee and that total shown on the transfer line.
Other TMA Questions and Answers
Q. What if my snowmobile is stolen or destroyed in a fire or accident, can I get areplacement TMA? A. Yes, what you will need is a copy of a police report, or insurance report. It will be subject to the $5 replacement fee.
Q. Do all family members of a non-resident property owner qualify for theNon-Resident Landowner TMA. A. No, only those individuals whose name appears on the tax bill are eligible and a copy of the paid tax bill must be presented in order to get the reduced rate. The snowmobile(s) must also be registered in VT.
Q. If I am a VT resident, but I register my snowmobile in another state or provincecan I still buy a VT resident TMA? A. No, only snowmobiles that are registered in VT are eligible to display a VT Resident TMA.
Q. Will TMA application forms be printer compatible? A. At this time it is not known, several individuals are working on this issue.