2015 ORS 815.235¹
Operation without rearview mirror
  • exemptions
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of operation without a rearview mirror if the person does any of the following:

(a) Drives or moves on any highway any motor vehicle that is not equipped with a rearview mirror or device that meets the requirements under this section.

(b) Owns a motor vehicle and causes or knowingly permits the vehicle to be driven or moved on any highway when the vehicle is not equipped with a rearview mirror or device that meets the requirements under this section.

(2) A rearview mirror or device only meets the requirements of this section if it enables the driver of the vehicle to have such a clear and unobstructed view of the rear at all times and under all conditions of load as will enable the driver to see any other vehicle approaching from not less than 200 feet in the rear on an unobstructed road.

(3) This section does not apply to the following vehicles:

(a) Vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) and that were not equipped with rearview mirrors when originally manufactured.

(b) Road machinery, road rollers or farm tractors.

(c) Antique vehicles that are registered under ORS 805.010 (Antique vehicles) and that were not equipped with rearview mirrors when originally manufactured.

(4) The offense described in this section, operation without a rearview mirror, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §493; 1985 c.69 §3; 2015 c.138 §33]

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 483.450)

Failure to comply with this sec­tion raises a rebuttable presump­tion of negligence. Cutsforth v. Kinzua Corp., 267 Or 423, 517 P2d 640 (1973)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 815—Vehicle Equipment Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors815.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 815, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano815.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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