Ohio Bill Could Unfairly Restrict Headlamps

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Legislation that would require headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term has been introduced in the Ohio State Senate. The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee for consideration. Under federal law, all headlamps are required to comply with the color requirements contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. 

Under the lighting standard, it is possible to design a headlamp that can be perceived as having a blue tint but which nevertheless remains within the federal boundaries that define "white." It is illegal for a state to enact a law that would conflict with a federal standard. 

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at