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AB-808 Vehicles: daytime running lamps.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The use of headlamps while operating a motor vehicle is very important as the headlamps can improve safety and visibility. This is especially vital and necessary during inclement weather.
(b) The Federal Highway Administration states that weather events such as rain and fog, among other factors, can impact roadway safety and mobility.
(c) According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are, on average, over 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year and approximately 21 percent, or 1,235,000, of these crashes are weather related, causing nearly 5000 fatalities and over 418,000 nonfatal injuries each year.

SEC. 2.

 Section 24400.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

24400.5.
 (a) Every new motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, manufactured on or after January 1, 2021, shall be equipped with automatic daytime running headlamps and automatic taillamps if the vehicle was first registered in California on or after January 1, 2021, or sold in California on or after January 1, 2021.
(b) As used in this section:
(1) “Automatic daytime running headlamps” means steady burning headlamps that are automatically activated when the vehicle ignition is on and the regular headlamps are not activated, to improve the visibility of the vehicle from the front and front sides when regular headlamps are not required for driving.
(2) “Automatic taillamps” means steady burning taillamps that are automatically activated when the vehicle ignition is on to improve the visibility of the vehicle from the rear and rear sides.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.