HB487 (2017) Detail

Relative to vehicle equipment waivers for persons with disabilities.










AN ACT relative to vehicle equipment waivers for persons with disabilities.


SPONSORS: Rep. R. Smith, Merr. 3; Sen. French, Dist 7


COMMITTEE: Transportation






This bill modifies provisions relating to vehicle equipment waivers for persons with disabilities.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen


AN ACT relative to vehicle equipment waivers for persons with disabilities.


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


1  Tinted Glass; Equipment Waiver.  Amend RSA 266:58-a, III to read as follows:

III.  It shall be unlawful to drive on any way any motor vehicle registered in this state which has after market tinting on the windshield or on the windows to the left and right of the driver, unless the vehicle is registered by a person with a special permit issued under RSA 266:61-a, IX and the windows are tinted in accordance with the permit.  Where after market tinting is applied to windows to the rear of the driver, outside rear view mirrors shall be required on both the left and right side of the vehicle for the use of the driver and a front seat passenger.  The light transmittance of after-market tinted windows where they are allowed shall not be less than 35 percent, except that the light transmittance of aftermarket tinted rear windows of multipurpose passenger vehicles, as defined in 49 C.F.R. 571.3 and pickup trucks may be such percentage as is allowed by 49 C.F.R. 571.205 with respect to pre-market tinted rear windows.

2  Equipment Waiver for Disabled.  Amend RSA 266:61-a, V to read as follows:

V.  If the waiver is granted, the department shall issue an equipment permit to the applicant.  [Such] The permit or a copy of the permit shall be kept in the vehicle while the equipment for which the waiver was sought is being used.

3  Equipment Waiver for Disabled.  Amend RSA 266:61-a, VII-IX to read as follows:

VII.  The waiver granted by the commissioner or [his] designee shall be for a period not to exceed 2 years; except in any case where a licensed physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, or advanced practice registered nurse documents a lasting medical necessity, in which case the waiver shall be for a period not to exceed 4 years.  The applicant may reapply for the waiver before such period expires.

VIII.  The commissioner shall have the authority to adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541-A relative to:

(a)  The information to be contained on the application for a waiver;

(b)  The information to be contained on the permit; and

(c)  The standards used to determine whether or not to grant the waiver[; and

(d)  Restrictions on the use or operation of the motor vehicle and the documentation of such restrictions on the permit].

IX.  The commissioner may waive the requirements of RSA 266:58-a and issue a special permit to a person who for bona fide medical reasons requires after market tinting on the windshield or on the windows to the left and right of the driver and who applies for such permit.  Such waiver shall be granted in accordance with this section and shall only authorize the use of after market tinted windows with a light transmittance of not less than 35 percent.  In reviewing the application for a permit under this paragraph, the commissioner may seek the advice and recommendation of a medical review board designated by him for such purpose.  The permit shall allow the permit holder to operate any motor vehicle with aftermarket tinting that meets the tinting requirements stated on the permit.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


HB487 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 21, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 22, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB487 Revision: 767 Date: Jan. 27, 2017, 8:50 a.m.


March 8, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/08/2017 HJ 9 P. 49

March 8, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 13-0; CC)

Feb. 22, 2017: Executive Session: 02/22/2017 LOB 203

Feb. 21, 2017: Public Hearing: 02/21/2017 11:00 AM LOB 203

Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Transportation HJ 3 P. 15