ORS 816.310¹
Exemptions from lighting equipment requirements

This section establishes exemptions from ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment). The exemptions under this section are in addition to any exemptions under ORS 801.026 (General exemptions). The exemptions established under this section are partial or complete as described in the following:

(1) ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment) shall not be construed to prohibit the use of additional parts and accessories on any vehicle not inconsistent with the provisions of those sections.

(2) Lighting equipment used on vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) shall be deemed in compliance with ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment) if the equipment is original manufacturer’s equipment and accessories, or their equivalent and if the equipment is maintained in safe operating condition.

(3) ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.300 (Operation with nonstandard lighting equipment) do not apply to equipment on any of the following:

(a) Road machinery.

(b) Road rollers.

(c) Farm tractors.

(d) Antique vehicles that are maintained as a collector’s item and used for exhibitions, parades, club activities and similar uses, but not used primarily for the transportation of persons or property.

(e) Motorized wheelchairs when used as permitted under ORS 811.440 (When motor vehicles may operate on bicycle lane).

(4) On any combination of vehicles, only the lighting equipment on the rearmost vehicle in the combination of vehicles need be visible from distances specified under ORS 816.040 (Lighting equipment standards) to 816.290 (End load lights) for lighting equipment on the rear of vehicles.

(5) Lighting equipment on bicycles shall meet the requirements established for such equipment under ORS 815.280 (Violation of bicycle equipment requirements).

(6) Vehicle lighting equipment requirements for ambulances and emergency vehicles are established in ORS 820.350 (Ambulance warning lights).

(7) Lighting equipment on electric personal assistive mobility devices shall meet the requirements established in ORS 815.284 (Violation of electric personal assistive mobility device equipment requirements). [1983 c.338 §459; 1985 c.16 §241; 1991 c.417 §6; 2003 c.341 §18; 2015 c.138 §36]

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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/­ors816.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 816, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano816.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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