Motorcycle Lights: Headlamp, Rear, Signal, Warning

19VAC30-70-360. Motorcycle lights: headlamp, rear, signal, warning.
A. Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. Motorcycle is not equipped with at least one motorcycle headlamp.
  • 2. Any motorcycle headlamp is not of an approved type (SAE-M). A motorcycle may
    have one or more headlamps. In addition to the headlamp(s), a motorcycle may be
    equipped with not more than two auxiliary headlamps of a type approved (SAE-C) by the
    superintendent and identified as “auxiliary front lamps.”
  • 3. Lens and reflector do not match except in sealed units, or if the lens is cracked,
    broken or rotated, or if the lens and reflector are not clean or bright.
  • 4. Any motorcycle lights-headlamp, rear lamp, signal or warning lamp has any wire,
    unapproved lens or plastic covers, any other materials that are not original equipment or
    any colored material placed on or in front of lamp or lens.
  • 5. Lamp is not focused or any filament or bulb fails to burn.
  • 6. Lamp is not mounted securely or if switch does not operate properly.
  • 7. The center of the hot spot is set more than four inches up or down from the horizontal
    centerline or more than four inches to the left or right from the vertical centerline.
    NOTE: Motorcycles may be equipped with means of modulating the high beam of their
    headlights between high and low beam at a rate of 200 to 280 flashes per minute,
    provided they are equipped with a switch or device that prevents flashing of headlights
    when headlights are required to be lighted.
    NOTE: Inspection is to be performed with lamp on high beam.
    NOTE: The use of strobe lights being placed inside the headlamps of police motorcycles
    is permitted. The strobe light system developed by Harley-Davidson for use in police
    motorcycle headlamps has been tested and does meet the current standard; therefore,
    strobe light systems of this type and similar types may be used in police motorcycle
    headlamp systems.

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B. Aiming the headlamp. All headlamps that do not comply with subdivision A 7 of this
section shall be aimed straight ahead. (Zero inches up or down and zero inches to the right or
left.)
C. Rear lamp.
Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. The high beam indicator does not burn when the high beam is on or does not go off
    when the low beam is on.
  • 2. Motorcycle is not equipped with a rear lamp of approved type SAE-T-S-P-A).
  • 3. Lamp is not mounted near rear of vehicle, or is not mounted securely, or if lamp does
    not make a good electrical connection.
  • 4. Lenses are not red to the rear and clear or amber to the front or any lens has a piece
    broken from it. The tens may have one or more cracks provided an off-color light does
    not project through the crack(s).
    NOTE: LED (light emitting diode) tights with a clear lens are acceptable if of an approved
    type. For those vehicles that are equipped with a multiple LED light (not filament burning
    bulbs), they will pass inspection if more than 50% of the diode lights are burning.
  • 5. Filaments in all lamps do not burn when headlamp switch is turned on to any position.
  • 6. The rear license plate is not illuminated by an approved license plate bulb.

D. Signal device (intention to stop or turn).

  • 1. Signal devices are not required on motorcycles; however, if installed, they must
    operate and be inspected.
  • 2. Signal lamp lenses installed on the front of the motorcycle shall be amber and be
    located on each side of the vertical centerline of the motorcycle and as far apart as
    practicable and not closer than nine inches, measured from the optical centerline of the
    lamps, and to be located on the same level and not less than 20 inches above the
    ground level. The optical centerline of the lamp shall not be less than four inches from
    the retaining ring of the headlamp unit.
  • 3. Signal lamps installed on the rear of the motorcycle shall be red or amber and shall be
    located on each side of the vertical centerline of the motorcycle as far apart as
    practicable but not closer than nine inches, measured from the optical centerline of the
    lens, and shall be located on the same level and not less than 20 inches above the
    ground level.
  • 4. Inspect for and reject if:
    • a. Motorcycle, except an antique vehicle not originally equipped with a stop lamp, is
      not equipped with at least one stop lamp of an approved type that automatically
      exhibits a red or amber light to the rear when the brake control foot pedal or hand
      grip brake control device is activated. (On motorcycles manufactured prior to January
      1, 1972, the activation of the front wheel brake control device is not required to
      activate the stop lamp.)
      NOTE: Motorcycles may be equipped with a means of varying the brightness of the
      vehicle’s brake light for a duration of not more than five seconds upon application of
      the vehicle’s brakes.

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    • b. The signal lamp is not of an approved type (SAE-D) or does not flash.
    • c. Lens in brake lamp or signal lamp has a piece broken from it. (Lens in brake lamp
      or signal lamp may have one or more cracks provided an off-color light does not
      project through the crack or cracks.)
    • d. Wiring or electrical connections are defective or any filaments do not burn.
    • e. Switch is not convenient to the driver and not of an approved type.
    • f. Signal devices are not installed as provided in subdivisions D 1 and 2 of this
      section.

E. Warning lights.
Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. Warning lamps are not of an approved type or have been altered.
  • 2. Any lighted advertising sign is present.