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H.335

Introduced by   Representatives Chen of Mendon, O’Donnell of Vernon and Seibert of Norwich

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; headlights; wipers

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that whenever a motor vehicle is operated on a highway and the windshield wipers are in use, the headlights shall be illuminated.

AN ACT RELATING TO ILLUMINATING MOTOR VEHICLE HEADLIGHTS WHENEVER WIPERS ARE IN USE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1243 is amended to read:

§ 1243.  Lights

(a)  A motor vehicle, except a motorcycle and mo-ped moped, in use or at rest on a highway, unless otherwise provided, during the period from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise, shall also be equipped with at least two lighted head lamps headlights of substantially the same intensity and with reflectors and lenses of a design approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles, and with a lighted tail or rear lamp of a design so approved.  A motorcycle or mo-ped moped may be operated during the period mentioned if equipped with at least one lighted head lamp headlight and at least one lighted tail or rear lamp light, both of a design approved by the commissioner of motor vehicles.  A side car attached to such motorcycle or mo-ped moped shall be equipped with a light on the right side of such side car visible from the front thereof.  A person shall not operate a motor vehicle during the period mentioned unless it is equipped as defined in this section.

(b)  Every vehicle upon a highway within this state, at any time from thirty 30 minutes after sunset to thirty 30 minutes before sunrise and at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons or vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of five hundred 500 feet ahead, shall display lighted lamps headlights and illuminating devices as respectively required for different classes of vehicles, subject to exceptions with respect to parked vehicles.  Additionally, whenever a motor vehicle is operated upon a highway and the windshield wipers are in use, the headlights shall be illuminated.

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Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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