2007 ORS 816.040¹
Lighting equipment standards
  • effect of rules

ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) establish requirements for ORS 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment). Except where an exemption under ORS 816.310 (Exemptions from lighting equipment requirements) specifically provides otherwise, any vehicle lighting that does not comply with ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) violates ORS 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment) and is subject to the penalty provided for in ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights). Each of the following is a requirement for lighting equipment described in ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights):

(1) Whenever ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) specify either the distance from which lighting equipment shall render objects visible or the distance within which lighting equipment shall be visible, that distance of visibility, unless a different time or condition is expressly stated, shall be as determined:

(a) Under normal atmospheric conditions;

(b) At any time from sunset to sunrise or any other time when, due to insufficient light, persons and vehicles are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet; and

(c) On a straight, level unlighted highway.

(2) Whenever ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) specify the mounted height of lighting equipment, the height shall be determined from the center of the lighting equipment to the level ground upon which the vehicle stands.

(3) Any standard provided for a piece of lighting equipment under ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) is subject to being superseded by a rule adopted by the Department of Transportation as provided under ORS 815.030 (State vehicle equipment standards). [1983 c.338 §458 (1); 1985 c.16 §240 (1); 1985 c.69 §1 (1); 1985 c.71 §4 (1); 1985 c.393 §13 (1); 1985 c.420 §6 (1); 1995 c.733 §90]

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Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

Statutory require­ments for lighting of motor vehicles apply to a tractor when operated on a highway, even when the tractor is crossing the highway at right angles to the flow of traffic. Beglau v. Albertus, 272 Or 170, 536 P2d 1251 (1975)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 816—Vehicle Equipment: Lights, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­816.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 816, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­816ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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