CHAPTER Saf-C 2500  MOTOR VEHICLE EQUIPMENT WAIVER

 

Statutory Authority:  RSA 266:58-a, IV

 

PART Saf-C 2501  DEFINITIONS

 

          Saf-C 2501.01  "After market tinting" means any window tinting applied to the windshield or windows to the left or right of the driver after original manufacture of the motor vehicle.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.02  "Applicant" means any person with a medical condition pursuant to Saf-C 2503.02, who applies for a medical waiver of the tinted glass prohibition pursuant to Saf-C 2502.01.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.03  "Commissioner" means "commissioner" as defined in RSA 259:13.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.04  "Department" means "department" as defined in RSA 259:19.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.05  “Director” means “director” as defined in RSA 259:20.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.06  “Division” means “division” as defined in RSA 259:22.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2501.07  "Medical condition" means a disease or ailment aggravated by exposure to the sun for which an applicant may obtain a waiver of the tinted glass prohibition if he/she qualifies  pursuant to this chapter.

 

Source.  #10083, eff 1-31-12 (from Saf-C 2501.05)

 

          Saf-C 2501.08  "Motor vehicle" means "motor vehicle" as defined in RSA 259:60.

 

Source.  #10083, eff 1-31-12 (from Saf-C 2501.06)

 

PART Saf-C 2502  TINTED GLASS PROHIBITION

 

          Saf-C 2502.01  Tinted Glass Prohibition.  Pursuant to RSA 266:58-a, no motor vehicle registered in New Hampshire shall be driven on any way in New Hampshire, sold or inspected which has after market tinting on the windshield or windows to the left or right of the driver.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2502.02  Tinted Glass Exception.  Pursuant to RSA 266:58-a, a strip of after market tinting shall not be prohibited, as long as the strip:

 

          (a)  Is not wider than 6 inches; and

 

          (b)  Has a light transmittance of not less than 35 percent.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

PART Saf-C 2503  MEDICAL WAIVER OF TINTED GLASS PROHIBITION

 

          Saf-C 2503.01  Qualification.  Pursuant to RSA 266:58-a, III-a, a person may apply for a medical waiver of the prohibition set forth in Saf-C 2502.01 if he/she has a medical condition as listed in Saf-C 2503.02.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.02  Medical Conditions.  Medical conditions for which a waiver shall be granted include:

 

          (a)  Extreme intolerance to light;

 

          (b)  Allergic reactions to the sun;

 

          (c)  Melanoma;

 

          (d)  Lupus;

 

          (e)  Porphyria; or

 

          (f)  Any other medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to the sun.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.03  Requirements for a Medical Waiver.

 

          (a)  Each applicant for a waiver of the tinted glass prohibition shall submit form DSMV 603, Application For Tinted Window Medical Waiver, to the Division of Motor Vehicles, Director’s Office, 23 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH  03305, completed by his/her medical doctor within the last 6 months.

 

          (b)  Form DSMV 603 shall include the following:

 

(1)  Applicant's name;

 

(2)  Date;

 

(3)  Applicant's address;

 

(4)  Applicant's date of birth;

 

(5)  Name and description of the medical condition;

 

(6)  Statement of the medical necessity for how tinted windows will alleviate the symptoms of the applicant’s medical condition;

 

(7)  Recommendation from the medical doctor that after market tinting is necessary;

 

(8)  Telephone number of the medical doctor's office; and

 

(9)  Medical doctor's signature.

 

          (c) The applicant shall submit a copy of the motor vehicle registration(s) to which the tinted windows will be affixed, along with form DSMV 603.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.04  Procedure for Granting a Medical Waiver.  Pursuant to RSA 266:61-a, the director shall waive the tinted glass prohibition when:

 

          (a)  Form DSMV 603 is received by the director pursuant to the requirements of Saf-C 2503.03; and

 

          (b)  The director reviews the letter and determines that:

 

(1)  The applicant has a medical condition set forth in Saf-C 2503.02; and

 

(2)  The medical doctor has recommended after market tinting.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.05  Permit.

 

          (a)  Upon granting a waiver, the director shall issue a permit to the person who has the medical condition set forth in Saf-C 2503.02.

 

          (b)  The permit shall be form DSMV 473.

 

          (c)  The permittee shall sign form DSMV 473.

 

          (d)  The permittee shall be issued a permit for no more than 2 vehicles.

 

          (e)  The permit shall contain the name of the registered owner of the vehicle to which after market tinting is granted, if different from the permittee.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.06  Tinted Glass Requirements After Medical Waiver Granted.  An applicant who has been issued a permit by the director shall use after market tinting with a light transmittance of not less than 35 percent.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-25-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2503.07  Expiration Date.  A permit shall expire 2 years from its date of issuance.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

PART Saf-C 2504  DENIAL OF MEDICAL WAIVER

 

          Saf-C 2504.01  Medical Waiver Denied.  If an applicant is denied a medical waiver, the director shall state in writing the reasons for the denial and mail it to the applicant.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2504.02  Appeal Process.

 

          (a)  Each applicant who has been denied a medical waiver by the director shall have the right to petition the commissioner for a second review of his/her medical condition.

 

          (b)  The applicant shall submit a letter to the commissioner, which includes the following:

 

(1)  A statement requesting a second review;

 

(2)  Applicant's name;

 

(3)  Applicant's date of birth;

 

(4)  Applicant's address; and

 

(5)  Telephone number of the medical doctor's office.

 

          (c)  The applicant shall provide the following documentation from his/her medical doctor to the commissioner:

 

(1)  A detailed explanation of the applicant's medical condition;

 

(2)  The length of time the applicant has had the medical condition; and

 

(3)  The medical consequences to the applicant if not permitted to use after market tinting on his/her motor vehicle.

 

          (d)  The commissioner shall review the information received from the applicant's medical doctor, pursuant to (c) above.

 

          (e)  If the commissioner determines the information received pursuant to (c) above, meets the requirements of Saf-C 2503.04(b), he shall grant a waiver and issue a permit as set forth in Saf-C 2503.05.

 

          (f)  If the commissioner determines the information received pursuant to (c) above, does not meet the requirements of Saf-C 2503.04(b), he shall deny a waiver as set forth in Saf-C 2504.01.

 

          (g)  The commissioner’s determination shall be final.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

PART Saf-C 2505  ENFORCEMENT

 

          Saf-C 2505.01  Permit Display.  Each person who has been granted a medical waiver shall keep his/her permit within his/her motor vehicle at all times.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2505.02  Inspection of Motor Vehicle.  An inspection station shall not inspect any motor vehicle which has after market tinting on the windshield or windows to the left or right of the driver unless the driver displays a valid permit granting a tinted glass medical waiver.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

          Saf-C 2505.03  Presentation of Permit Upon Request.  A person shall present the permit granting a tinted glass medical waiver upon request of:

 

          (a)  Any law enforcement officer; or

 

          (b)  Any inspection station which inspects the motor vehicle.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

PART Saf-C 2506  RENEWAL

 

          Saf-C 2506.01  Renewal Process.  Each person who has been granted a medical waiver shall renew his/her permit:

 

          (a)  During the month before the expiration date; and

 

          (b)  Following the procedures set forth in PART Saf-C 2503.

 

Source.  #4974, eff 11-13-90; ss by #6204, eff 3-15-96, EXPIRED: 3-15-04

 

New.  #8072, eff 4-23-04; ss by #10083, eff 1-31-12

 

APPENDIX

 

RULE NUMBER

STATUTE IMPLEMENTED

 

 

Saf-C 2501.01 - 2501.02

RSA 541-A:7

Saf-C 2501.03

RSA 259:13

Saf-C 2501.04

RSA 259:19

Saf-C 2501.05

RSA 259:20

Saf-C 2501.06

RSA 259:22

Saf-C 2501.07

RSA 541-A:7

Saf-C 2501.08

RSA 259:60

Saf-C 2502.01 through Saf-C 2503.03

RSA 266:58-a, IV

Saf-C 2503.04 - 2506.01

RSA 266:58-a, IV; RSA 266:61-a, IX