Transportation Committee Report -Week 7, 2018

SF 2037 – Light transmittance through motor vehicle windows
SF 2067 – Motor vehicle headlights from sunset to sunrise
SF 2163 – Snowplows to use blue and white lights
SF 2271 – Taxicab service passenger certificates 



SF 2037 reduces the light transmittance through motor vehicle windows from 70 percent to 35 percent. Violation is a $50 fine. If law enforcement stops a motor vehicle with less than 70 percent light transmittance, the driver must lower their window as far as possible when the an officer approaches.  A violation of this provision is a $20 fine.
[2/20: 35-13 (No: Bisignano, Bolkcom, Boulton, Dotzler, Dvorsky, Hogg, Jochum, D. Johnson, Kinney, Mathis, McCoy, Petersen, Quirmbach; Excused: Behn, Zumbach)]


SF 2067 requires a motor vehicle to display headlights from sunset to sunrise, and when fog, snow, sleet or rain don’t allow a driver to see 500 feet ahead. Factory-installed daytime running headlamps meet the requirements of the bill. A violation is a $30 fine.
[2/19: 48-1 (No: Zaun; Excused: Sinclair)]


SF 2163 strikes a sunset provision allowing snowplows to use blue and white lights when operating. This would make use of the lights a permanent provision of Iowa Code.
[2/20: 45-4 (No: Danielson, D. Johnson, McCoy, Taylor; Excused: Sinclair)]


SF 2271 prohibits taxicabs from transporting passengers without a taxicab service passenger certificate from the Iowa Department of Transportation. However, a certificate does not authorize a taxicab service to transport passengers within the boundaries of a local authority that licenses or regulates taxis, pursuant to Code section 321.236(7), unless the taxicab service complies with all local regulations. This applies to for-hire transportation in vehicles that seat fewer than seven passengers and don’t operate on a regular route.
[2/19: 47-2 (No: Danielson, McCoy; Excused: Sinclair)]