Missing trailer lights ticketable?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TehNoob, May 12, 2017.

  1. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

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    Yeah, and it was daytime.
     
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  3. RET423

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    I am not even sure what a chicken light is so I don't know, the reason I commented in this thread was because of the repeated fairy tale that anyone who says "if it is there it has to work" is just spewing truck stop BS; and to point out how ridiculous it is to assume the Federal lighting handbook supercedes whatever States laws you happen to be operating under at a given time.

    The Feds don't inspect our lights so unless you are manufacturing a vehicle for use on public roads or are driving in a State that fully adopts the Federal Standard with no additional rules of their own that book is nearly worthless.

    So I keep all the #### lights working and let the highway lawyers find out the hard way if that's what they want to do.
     
  4. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

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    And if you want to keep all of your lights working, that's your prerogative...but it isn't the law. The law is very specific as to which lights are "required". The law is also very specific when it clearly states that auxiliary lighting NOT required by the regulations do no have to be present, nor do they need to be functional if present. It doesn't take a lawyer to read the clear language of the regulation and know what it means. Is it wise to keep all of your light working? Sure. No point in giving a cop a reason to stop you for a closer look. Is it required? ONLY if the light is required by the regulations does it need to work.
     
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  5. Blackshack46

    Blackshack46 Road Train Member

    This is what ive been saying by my first post in this thread. Cali is no more restrictive on lighting than what the federal rules state. Its all the same.

    Chicken lights are the extra lights you see on trucks. They're aftermarket lights and are there for show.
     
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  6. RET423

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    Good luck with that fairy tale and with your inoperable lighting.
     
  7. Blackshack46

    Blackshack46 Road Train Member

    You are so confusing, your confusing me. I honestly dont think you know the federal rules. If you did, they would read the same as cali....
     
  8. Bean Jr.

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    That's true, and if you get on their good side, they miss things instead. Nah, it'll never happen!
     
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  9. Pedigreed Bulldog

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    When I was hauling logs, the truck boss had loaded his truck while I was making my way back to the woods from the mill. When I made it back, he told me to go ahead and run his truck to the mill, while he stayed there to finish what he was doing and he'd have my truck loaded again by the time I returned. Awesome. So I'm making my way down the road when one of Indiana's finest pulls me over. Now this was one of the knuckle-boom trucks, so it was generally running overweight. We had torn an airline to the trailer earlier in the week, and had repaired the airline as you would in your shop...the barbed brass fitting and a couple hose clamps. Holds air, but not "DOT approved". While we're on the topic of trailers, I didn't have the trailer registration with me. We had swapped trailers with the other knuckle boom truck because it was the last week we were working this site and needed to bring skidders and loaders home. That really wouldn't have mattered, though, because the plates were off a gooseneck trailer the company owner had sitting around...the trailer WASN'T registered. Half the straps were worn out, and the other half were junk....and we're just getting started. This cop had a list 2 pages long of violations on his note pad...and I happened to notice during the course of the inspection that he had the exact same sunglasses on his head that I was wearing. "Nice sunglasses!" I said. That caught him off guard, because they were just the cheap $5 A.O. Safety glasses with the dark tinted lenses. I pulled my sunglasses off my face and held them out, explaining that I like them because they are cheap and I don't have to worry about losing or breaking them, but they are safety glasses. He started talking about how often he loses or breaks sunglasses in his line of work and the conversation shifted away from everything he was finding wrong with the truck I was driving.

    I left with nothing but warnings that day...which was a very good thing. CSA hadn't been thought of yet back then.
     
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  10. James Johnson

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    That's cool! I love doing that looks sexy for trucks☺. Let's party!! Anyway, you don't get ticket when your trailer turn signals are broken. My sure you are in a state that doesn't require turn signals working on your trailer.
     
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