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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 31. Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations
8/8/2022

12VAC5-31-640. EMS vehicle permit requirement.

Article 2
Emergency Medical Services Vehicle Permit

A. A person may not operate or maintain any motor vehicle, vessel or craft as an EMS vehicle without a valid permit or in violation of the terms of a valid permit.

B. An EMS agency shall file written application for a permit on forms specified by the Office of EMS.

C. The Office of EMS may verify any or all information contained in the application before issuance.

D. The Office of EMS shall inspect the EMS vehicle for compliance with the vehicle requirements for the class in which a permit is sought.

E. An EMS vehicle permit may be issued provided all of the following conditions are met:

1. All information contained in the application is complete and correct.

2. The applicant is an EMS agency.

3. The EMS vehicle is registered or permitted by the Department of Motor Vehicles or approved equivalent.

4. The inspection meets the minimum requirements as defined in these regulations.

5. The issuance of an EMS vehicle permit does not authorize any person to operate an EMS vehicle without a franchise or permit in any county or municipality that has enacted an ordinance requiring one.

F. An EMS vehicle permit may include but is not be limited to the following information:

1. The name and address of the agency.

2. The expiration date of the permit.

3. The classification and type of the EMS vehicle.

4. The motor vehicle license plate number of the vehicle.

5. Any special conditions that may apply.

G. An EMS vehicle permit may be issued and remain valid with the following conditions:

1. An EMS vehicle permit remains the property of the Office of EMS and may not be altered or destroyed.

2. An EMS vehicle permit is valid only as long as the EMS agency license is valid.

3. An EMS vehicle permit is not transferable.

4. An EMS agency must equip an EMS vehicle in compliance with these regulations at all times unless the vehicle is permitted as "reserved." A designated emergency response Agency may be issued a "reserved" permit by the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-111.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 3 and Volume 19, Issue 9, eff. January 15, 2003.

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