By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to legislation that would amend a four-decade old law that requires an amber dome light and the flashing orange lights on the back of ice cream trucks when the truck is parked and serving ice cream. The bill would provide that the law be enforced and would impose a $50 fine for failure to have the lights.

It would also require that the operation of the lights be included as part of the truck’s annual inspection.

“I filed [this bill] to reduce danger when the excitement of a summer treat causes a child to dart in front of a car,” said sponsor Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline). “If my colleagues waffle and the bill has a rocky road ahead, I will assure them of its constitutionality.”

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