2007 ORS 816.200¹
Clearance lights

Each of the following is a requirement for clearance lights as indicated:

(1) The following types of clearance lights shall be placed as indicated:

(a) Front clearance lights shall be placed on the front of the vehicle. When more than one front clearance light is required under ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment), at least one front clearance light shall be on each side of the front of the vehicle.

(b) Rear clearance lights shall be placed on the rear of the vehicle. When more than one rear clearance light is required under ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment), at least one rear clearance light shall be on each side of the rear of the vehicle.

(2) The following are the colors for indicated type of clearance lights:

(a) Front clearance lights shall be amber.

(b) Rear clearance lights shall be red.

(3) Clearance lights shall be mounted on the permanent structure of the vehicle in such a manner as to indicate its extreme width and shall be mounted as near the top of the vehicle as practicable.

(4) Clearance lights may be mounted in combination with side marker lights if illumination is given as required with reference to both.

(5) Clearance lights that are required under ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment) shall be mounted, so far as practicable, in such manner as to reduce the hazard of being obscured by mud or dust thrown by the wheels.

(6) Clearance lights shall be capable of being seen and distinguished at a distance of 500 feet directly from that part of the vehicle on which the lights are placed. [1983 c.338 §458 (17); 1985 c.16 §240 (17); 1985 c.69 §1 (17); 1985 c.71 §4 (17); 1985 c.393 §13 (17); 1985 c.420 §6 (17)]

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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).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.