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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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I purchased a set of clear side marker lights for the front and I've been hesitant to install them because CHP and the city police out here are super board all the time and are begging for someone to make the wrong move.

So after searching I found this specific to the side marker lights..

24608. (a) Motortrucks, trailers, semitrailers, and buses 80 or more inches in width manufactured on or after January 1, 1968, shall be equipped with an amber reflector on each side at the front and a red reflector on each side at the rear. Any vehicle may be so equipped.


(e) Area reflectorizing material may be used in lieu of the reflectors required or permitted in subdivisions (a) and (b), provided each installation is of sufficient size to meet the photometric requirement for such reflectors.

Just wondering if I could get away with 3 inch thick amber reflector tape on the inside of the wheel-well and if that would fly.. lol Not sure where-else I could put Amber reflective tape...

I always liked that terminology "in-lieu-of" fancy for because. lol

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It would have to be on the side of the body to be technically legal.

The vehicles I'm familiar with are 92" wide and 13' 6" tall, however, the fancy new LED technology we use are single diode 3/4" round lamps with no reflection. The old incandescent lamps had reflectors in the lenses. In other words, we're not exactly legal but also have about 30,000 vehicles running around like that from coast to coast. The other 30,000 vehicles still have reflective lamps. With those technicalities aside, we do adhere to red/white side reflectors, red/white rear reflectors and top rear corner 12"x12" white reflectors.

It really depends on who pulls you over. They generally don't have the manual memorized simply because it's very confusing and there are TONS of loopholes. It's not hard to win a case if you're willing to argue some facts. You're on the right track with arming yourself with the DOT manual!
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