SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 16, April 17, 2014

Amended Ohio Headlamps Bill Signed Into Law

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term.

A bill that originally required headlights on motor vehicles to display a “white light” without defining the term was signed into law by Governor John Kasich. A SEMA amendment that was included in the bill now conforms the new law to federal standards regarding headlamp color, which all headlamps destined for on-road use must comply.

All headlamps are required to comply with the color requirements contained in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. It is illegal for a state to enact a law that would conflict with a federal standard. Under the federal standards, 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."

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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