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Re: Are Tire lights illegal? (archive)

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Posted by M.Wong on April 20, 2002 at 23:52:11:

In Reply to: Are Tire lights illegal? posted by 7eleven on April 20, 2002 at 17:50:52:

In the State of Washington they are illegal, according to the letter of the law, unless you put amber ones on the front wheels and red on the back. Check with your local or state laws... Many states have their laws on-line.

Would you get stopped? I don’t know.

Would you get cited? I don’t know.

Do you want the cops to have any reason to look at your car a second time? I don’t.

(I would love to have the front bumper filler strip because it looks so much better, but this state requires two license plates. I believe in not drawing the cops’ attention to my car if at all possible.)

M.Wong
Seattle, WA
Orient Blue 2000 740iL


This is the “Revised Code of Washington” rule for light colors.

RCW 46.37.100 Color of clearance lamps, side marker lamps, back-up lamps, and reflectors.

(1) Front clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle shall display or reflect an amber color.

(2) Rear clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle shall display or reflect a red color.

(3) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop lamp or other signal device, which may be red, amber, or yellow, and except that on any vehicle forty or more years old, the taillight may also contain a blue or purple insert of not more than one inch in diameter, and except that the light illuminating the license plate shall be white and the light emitted by a back-up lamp shall be white or amber.



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