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The New York Times
December 27, 1922

Conference This Week Will Consider Adopting of Massachusetts Law.

BOSTON, Dec. 26.—A new law regulating rear lights on motor vehicles in this State, which becomes effective Jan. 1, will be considered as a possible standard for all States at a joint meeting in New York, Dec. 29, of the lighting division of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Motor Vehicle Lighting Committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society.  The Massachusetts law is said to have caused changes in the standard equipment of several makes of automobiles, so that the effects of it will extend to all States in time.

The laws in most States now provide that rear number plates be so illuminated at night that they may be read at fifty to sixty feet, but it was asserted by Registrar of Motor Vehicles Frank A. Goodwin that no lamp manufactured until recently would make it possible to comply.  The Massachusetts law requires that plates be readable at night for a distance of sixty feet, and the Registrar has approved fifty-five makes of lamps that comply with that condition.

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