North Carolina Bill to Restrict Headlamp Options to be Considered on Tues., June 18

Legislation (S.B. 493) that would impose a fine on any person that equips a car with headlamps that “change the original design” will be considered by the North Carolina House Transportation Committee on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.  The bill directly conflicts with the Federal “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act” which makes clear that the standards adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for required motor vehicle equipment (including headlamps) are to be performance standards, not design standards.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the House Transportation Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Oppose S.B. 493 

  • Federal law and regulations preempt state law with regard to required motor vehicle equipment.
  • S.B. 493 would impose a $100.00 fine on owners operating vehicles that have aftermarket headlamps that are otherwise legal for use under Federal law. 
  • S.B. 493 appears to target illegal high-intensity discharge (HID) conversion kits, which are already illegal under Federal law.  NHTSA has determined that it is impossible to produce HID conversion kits (converting a halogen system to HID) that are compliant with Federal standards.   

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the North Carolina House Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to S.B. 493   

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

North Carolina House Transportation Committee

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Representative William Brawley (Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5800
Representative Frank Iler (Chair)
Phone: 919-301-1450
Representative Dana Bumgardner (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5809
Representative Becky Carney (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5827
Representative George Cleveland (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-715-6707
Representative Carl Ford (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-733-5881
Representative Phil Shepard (Vice-Chair)
Phone: 919-715-9644
Representative Dean Arp
Phone: 919-715-3007
Representative Hugh Blackwell
Phone: 919-733-5805
Representative James Boles
Phone: 919-733-5903
Representative William Brisson
Phone: 919-733-5772
Representative Brian Brown
Phone: 919-733-5757
Representative Rayne Brown
Phone: 919-715-0873
Representative Rick Catlin
Phone: 919-733-5830
Representative Tricia Cotham
Phone: 919-715-0706
Representative Josh Dobson
Phone: 919-733-5862
Representative Nelson Dollar
Phone: 919-715-0795
Representative John Faircloth
Phone: 919-733-5877
Representative Valerie Foushee
Phone: 919-715-3019
Representative Rosa Gill
Phone: 919-733-5880
Representative Ken Goodman
Phone: 919-733-5823
Representative Charles Graham
Phone: 919-715-0875
Representative Larry Hall
Phone: 919-733-5872
Representative Susie Hamilton
Phone: 919-733-5754
Representative Kelly Hastings
Phone: 919-715-2002
Representative Yvonne Holley
Phone: 919-733-5758
Representative Charles Jeter
Phone: 919-733-5654
Representative Pat McElraft
Phone: 919-733-6275
Representative Chuck McGrady
Phone: 919-733-5956
Representative Deb McManus
Phone: 919-733-0057
Representative Tim Moffitt
Phone: 919-715-3012
Representative Rodney Moore
Phone: 919-733-5606
Representative Tim Moore
Phone: 919-733-4838
Representative Larry Pittman
Phone: 919-715-2009
Representative Stephen Ross
Phone: 919-733-5820
Representative Jason Saine
Phone: 919-733-5782
Representative Jacqueline Schaffer
Phone: 919-733-5886
Representative Edgar Starnes
Phone: 919-733-5931
Representative Michael Stone
Phone: 919-715-3026
Representative Evelyn Terry
Phone: 919-733-5777
Representative Paul Tine
Phone: 919-733-5906
Representative Joe Tolson
Phone: 919-715-3024
Representative John Torbett
Phone: 919-733-5868
Representative Winkie Wilkins
Phone: 919-715-0850