Signal Device (Intention to Stop or Turn), Hazard Lights, Stop Lamp.

19VAC30-70-190. Signal device (intention to stop or turn), hazard lights, stop lamp.
A. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a switch that will permit all turn signal lamps to
flash simultaneously.
B. Supplemental turn signals, properly wired into the turn signal circuit, may be installed.
These may be either approved type turn signals or clearance lamps.
C. Single face lamps are permissible on the front, except tractor units shall be equipped with
two-faced lamps mounted on the front fenders or on or near the front of the vehicle.
D. Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. Motor vehicle, or trailer, except an antique vehicle not originally equipped with a stop
    lamp, is not equipped with at least one stop lamp of an approved type (DOT or SAE-S)
    that automatically exhibits a red or amber light to the rear when the brake pedal is
  • 2. Every passenger car manufactured for the 1986 or subsequent model year and
    multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck, or bus whose overall width is less than 80 inches,
    manufactured September 1, 1993, and subsequent model year is not equipped with a
    supplemental center high mount stop lamp of an approved type (DOT or SAE-U, U1 or
    U2) mounted at the vertical centerline of the vehicle which functions only in cooperation
    with the vehicle’s stop lamps, brake lights and hazard lights. Any other vehicle on which
    a supplemental center high mount stop lamp is mounted shall have the lamp mounted at
    the vertical center line of the vehicle. The lamps shall be of an approved type and shall
    function only in conjunction with the stop lamps. The high mount stop lamp must be
    steady burning and not wired to flash with turn signals or other wig-wag device.
    “Multipurpose passenger vehicle” means any motor vehicle that is (i) designed to carry
    no more than 10 persons and (ii) constructed either on a truck chassis or with special
    features for occasional off-road use.
    NOTE: Camper shells equipped with a center high mount stop lamp must be in good
    working order.
    NOTE: Multipurpose passenger vehicles with an overall width of 80 or more inches or
    GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more are not required to be equipped with a center high
    mount stop light;
    No sticker or other foreign material shall be affbced to the vehicle in such a manner so as
    to obscure the center high mount stop lamp;


Revised August 1, 2012

19VAC30-70- Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Rules And Regulations

  • 3. Proper signals do not go on with each throw of the switch or if stop signals do not go
    on with slightest pressure on the brake pedal. Turn signals may flash, however stop
    signals may not flash except when the vehicle is equipped with a brake warning system
    or device which will cause the brake lights to flash when the vehicle is in motion but
    committed to an emergency or panic stop;
  • 4. Motor vehicle was manufactured after January 1, 1955, and is not equipped with
    approved signaling devices (SAE-I);
  • 5. Vehicle is not equipped with a turn signal if such signal is not working properly or does
    not continue to function in the same manner as when it was originally manufactured.
    (The turn signal switch shall lock in place when positioned for a left turn or a right turn,
    and the turn signal indicators must function. Do not reject a vehicle if the self-cancelling
    mechanism in the switch does not function when the steering wheel is rotated.);
  • 6. Switch is not convenient to the driver and not of an approved type;
  • 7. Any vehicle so constructed so as to prevent the operator from making a hand and arm
    signal, if such vehicle is not equipped with an approved type signaling device;
  • 8. Turn signal lens is not clear or amber to the front, or red or amber to the rear. Lens or
    bulb color has been altered or modified. If the turn signal lens is clear, then the bulb shall
    be amber.
    NOTE: The pink color lens found on 1998 and 1999 Honda Accords emit the proper
    color light (amber) when the lamp is activated. There may be other manufacturers using
    the same configuration and are not in violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
  • 9. Wiring or electrical connections are defective or filaments do not burn.
    NOTE: LED light-emitting diode) lights 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;
  • 10. Lens has a piece broken from it. The lens may have one or more cracks provided an
    off-color light does not project through the crack(s).
    NOTE: Tapping or gluing cracks or pieces is not permitted.
  • 11. The hazard warning signal operating unit does not operate independently of the
    ignition or equivalent switch and when activated cause all turn signals to flash
    NOTE: They are deemed not to be installed if none of the lights burn or flash when the
    switch is activated and the hazard warning signal flasher unit has been removed;
  • 12. Device is not mounted near the rear for rear signals or near the front for front signals
    (except supplemental turn signals) or if the signal is hidden by a bolster or other part of
    body chassis;
  • 13. All “Class A” signals are not mounted at least three feet apart. (This does not apply
    to the combination rear signal device.) However, signal lamps that are mounted as far
    apart as practical inside and at the rear of the frame so as to be properly visible will meet
    inspection requirements;


Revised August 1, 2012

19VAC30-70 – Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Rules And Regulations

  • 14. Any vehicle has wire, unapproved lens or plastic covers, any other materials that are
    not original equipment or any colored material placed on or in front of the signal device
    (intention to stop or turn), hazard lights or stop lamp.