HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed legislation that would clarify Pennsylvania’s vehicle safety inspection law regarding acceptable headlamps and rear lighting, said Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware), who authored the legislation.
“The unclear LED requirement has caused many vehicles to fail their safety inspection, when in fact, the lights on the car are completely operative,” said Quinn. “The minimum LED requirement would make it easier for mechanics to determine whether or not a vehicle’s lights have passed or not.”
Recently, more car manufacturers are replacing the traditional light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LED) due to their increased length of usage compared to traditional bulbs.
LED lights are manufactured in strips; therefore, they contain multiple individual lights to form a unit whereas traditional bulb lights contain only one light. Mechanics are left second guessing whether a vehicle passes or fails the safety inspection due to one light in an LED unit being burnt out although, in its entirety, the LED light is completely effective. Whereas, in a traditional lightbulb the pass or fail answer is clear.
House Bill 190
would clarify that a vehicle is considered to pass Pennsylvania’s vehicle safety inspection if more than 50% of the vehicle’s LED’s in the headlamps or rear lighting are operational. Therefore, if less than 50% are operational, the vehicle is recognized as failed under their safety inspection.
House Bill 190 now awaits consideration in the state Senate.
Representative Chris Quinn
168th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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