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Virginia Administrative Code
8/12/2022

Article 2. Emergency Medical Services Vehicle Permit

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.

12VAC5-31-650. Temporary EMS vehicle permit.

A. A temporary EMS vehicle permit may be issued for a permanent replacement or additional EMS vehicle pending inspection. A temporary EMS vehicle permit will not be issued for a vehicle requesting a "reserved" permit.

B. An EMS agency shall file written application for a temporary permit on forms specified by the Office of EMS. Submission of this application requires the EMS agency to attest that the vehicle complies with these regulations.

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

D. The procedure for issuance of a temporary EMS vehicle permit is as follows:

1. An EMS agency requesting a temporary permit shall submit a completed application for an EMS vehicle permit attesting that the vehicle complies with these regulations.

2. The Office of EMS may inspect an EMS vehicle issued a temporary permit at any time for compliance with these regulations and issuance of an EMS vehicle permit.

E. A temporary EMS vehicle permit may include but not be limited to the following information:

1. The name and address of the EMS agency.

2. The expiration date of the EMS vehicle 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.

F. A temporary EMS vehicle permit will be issued and remain valid with the following conditions:

1. A temporary EMS vehicle permit is valid for 180 days from the end of the month issued.

2. A temporary EMS vehicle permit is not transferable.

3. A temporary EMS vehicle permit is not renewable.

4. A temporary EMS vehicle permit shall be affixed on the vehicle to be readily visible and in a location and manner specified by the Office of EMS. An EMS vehicle may not be operated without a properly displayed permit.

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; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-660. Denial of an EMS vehicle permit.

A. An application for an EMS vehicle permit shall be denied by the Office of EMS if any conditions of these regulations fail to be met.

B. The Office of EMS will notify the applicant or licensee of the denial in writing in the event that a permit is denied.

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.

12VAC5-31-670. Display of EMS vehicle permit.

A. An EMS vehicle permit shall be affixed on the EMS vehicle, readily visible, and in a location and manner specified by the Office of EMS.

B. An EMS vehicle may not be operated without a properly displayed EMS vehicle permit.

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.

12VAC5-31-680. EMS vehicle advertising.

An EMS vehicle may not be marked or lettered to indicate a level of care or type of service other than that for which it is permitted.

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.

12VAC5-31-690. Renewal of an EMS vehicle permit.

A. Renewal of an EMS vehicle permit may be granted following an inspection if the EMS agency and EMS vehicle comply with these regulations.

B. If the Office of EMS is unable to take action on renewal of an EMS vehicle permit before expiration, the permit will remain in effect until the Office of EMS completes processing of the renewal inspection.

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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