New Law Requiring Use of Headlights & Taillights When Windshield Wipers Are On

The Registry of Motor Vehicles is advising motorists of a new law taking effect April 7 requiring the use of headlights and taillights on motor vehicles during inclement weather and when windshield wipers are in use. The law is intended to increase safety and visibility of vehicles on the Commonwealth's roadways.

The changes to Mass General Law Chapter 85, Section 15, signed into law in January, require that front and rear motor vehicle lights be activated in all of the following conditions:

  • When windshield wipers are on;
  • When low light or weather conditions prevent other vehicles or persons from being seen at 500 feet;
  • From 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

THE PENALTY FOR A VIOLATION OF C.85, Section 15 IS CONTAINED IN MGL. C.85, Section 17; IT IS $5 AND IS CONSIDERED A MOVING VIOLATION.