URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)
Amended Ohio Headlamps Bill Signed Into Law
Legislation (S.B. 161) 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 Action Network (SAN) 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."