Bill Text: NH HB224 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relative to tinted windows on motor vehicles, relative to civil liability for damage to highways, and relative to employer access to motor vehicle records.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-08-16 - Signed by Governor Sununu 08/10/2021; Chapter 185; Eff: 10/09/2021 [HB224 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB224-Introduced.html

HB 224  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0230

11/05

 

HOUSE BILL 224

 

AN ACT relative to tinted windows on motor vehicles.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. Abramson, Rock. 37; Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. O'Hara, Belk. 9; Rep. Belanger, Rock. 9

 

COMMITTEE: Transportation

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows for after market tinting of side windows.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0230

11/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to tinted windows on motor vehicles.

 

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

 

1  Rules of the Road; Special Rules; Tinted Windows.  Amend RSA 265:95, III(a) to read as follows:

(a)  Except as permitted by subparagraph (b), no person shall drive upon any way any vehicle with any sign, poster, sticker, or other nontransparent material upon or adjacent to the front windshield, side wings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which shall obstruct the driver's clear view of the way or any intersecting way, unless authorized by the director so to do.  No person shall drive upon any way any vehicle with after market tinting on the windshield [or on the windows to the left and right of the driver], as prohibited under RSA 266:58-a.

2  Equipment of Vehicles; Tinted Glass.  Amend RSA 266:58-a, I-III-a to read as follows:

I.  It shall be unlawful to sell or inspect any motor vehicle in this state which has after market tinting on the windshield [or on the windows to the left and right of the driver].

II.  It shall be unlawful to install after market tinting on the windshield [or on the windows to the left and right of the driver] on any motor vehicle which is registered in this state.

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].  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 after market tinted rear windows of multipurpose passenger vehicles, as defined in 49 C.F.R. section 571.3 and pickup trucks may be such percentage as is allowed by 49 C.F.R. section 571.205 with respect to pre-market tinted rear windows.

III-a.  Persons who require for medical reasons after market tinting on the windshield [or on the windows to the left and right of the driver] may apply for a special permit pursuant to RSA 266:61-a, IX.

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

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 or her for such purpose.

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

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