HB102 (2017) Detail

Relative to mandatory headlamp use.


HB 102 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0143

03/01

 

HOUSE BILL 102

 

AN ACT relative to mandatory headlamp use.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Manley, Hills. 3; Rep. McNamara, Hills. 38; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill modifies when drivers must use headlamps.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0143

03/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to mandatory headlamp use.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Headlamps; When Use is Required.  Amend RSA 266:31 to read as follows:

266:31  Front Lights.  Every motor vehicle driven during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, and whenever fog or precipitation in the form of rain[,] or snow[, or fog shall interfere with the proper view of the road so that persons and vehicles on the way are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1000 feet ahead] is present, shall display at least 2 lighted lamps on the front; provided, however, that one suitable lighted lamp on the front of a motorcycle shall be sufficient.  The headlamp shall throw sufficient light ahead within the traveled portion of the way to make clearly visible all vehicles, persons, or substantial objects within a distance of 200 feet, except that the headlamps of motorcycles shall be sufficient if they make clearly visible objects within a distance of 150 feet.  No headlamp shall be used unless it is approved by the director and is equipped with a proper lens or other device designed to prevent glaring rays.  All headlamps on every motor vehicle shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 24 inches from the ground on an unladen vehicle.  The measurement shall be made from the ground to the center of the lens.  No device which obstructs, reflects, or alters the beam of such headlamp shall be used in connection therewith unless approved by the director.  Every lens or other device to prevent glaring rays, the use of which on motor vehicles has been approved by the director, shall be arranged, adjusted, and operated in accordance with the requirements of the certificate approving the use thereof.  Every lamp, bulb, or light used in any headlamp shall be of such candle power as may be specified for the approved device in the certificate approving the use thereof.  Every reflector which is used as a part of such headlamp shall have a reflecting surface approved by the director after satisfactory tests have been made, and every reflecting surface shall be free from dents, rust, and other imperfections.  The driver of every motor vehicle shall permit any properly authorized person to inspect the headlighting equipment of such motor vehicle and to make such tests as he or she may deem necessary to determine whether the provisions of this section are being complied with.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

Links

HB102 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 1, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
Feb. 16, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB102 Revision: 770 Date: Jan. 31, 2017, 7:44 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Transportation HJ 2 P. 16
Jan. 25, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/25/2017 01:00 PM LOB 203
Feb. 1, 2017 Executive Session: 02/01/2017 04:00 PM LOB 203
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/15/2017 (Vote 15-2; CC) HC 11 P. 15
Feb. 15, 2017 Removed from Consent (Rep. Manley) 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 6
Special Order to 2/16/2017 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 57
Feb. 16, 2017 Lay on Table (Rep. Steven Smith): MA VV 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 43
Died on Table