2017 ORS 816.340¹
Exemptions from required equipment

This section establishes exemptions from ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment). The exemptions established under this section are in addition to any exemptions under ORS 801.026 (General exemptions). The exemptions under this section are partial or complete as described in the following:

(1) ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment) shall not be construed to prohibit the use of additional parts and accessories on any vehicle consistent with the provisions of those sections.

(2) Vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) shall be deemed in compliance with ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment) if:

(a) The vehicles are equipped with original manufacturer’s equipment and accessories, or their equivalent, and if the equipment is maintained in safe operating condition; or

(b) The vehicles are street rods that conform to ORS 815.107 (Exemption from equipment requirements for street rods).

(3) ORS 816.320 (Lighting equipment required for motor vehicles) and 816.330 (Operation without required lighting equipment) do not apply to any of the following vehicles:

(a) Road machinery.

(b) Road rollers.

(c) Farm tractors, implements of husbandry and farm trailers.

(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.

(4) Motorcycles manufactured before 1973 are not required to be equipped with turn signals if the motorcycle is not driven during limited visibility conditions under ORS 811.405 (Failure to signal with lights) and 811.515 (When lights must be displayed).

(5) Truck tractors are not required to be equipped with rear reflectors.

(6) Pole trailers are not required to be equipped with side reflectors, side marker lights, clearance lights or identification lights.

(7) Motor vehicles registered in this state on or before January 1, 1940, are not required to be equipped with a high-beam indicator.

(8) Bicycles shall be equipped with lighting equipment as required under ORS 815.280 (Violation of bicycle equipment requirements).

(9) Requirements for warning lights on ambulances are provided under ORS 820.350 (Ambulance warning lights) and 820.360 (Illegal ambulance lighting equipment).

(10) Electric personal assistive mobility devices shall be equipped with lighting equipment as required under ORS 815.284 (Violation of electric personal assistive mobility device equipment requirements). [1983 c.338 §462; 1985 c.16 §242; 1989 c.402 §12; 1997 c.402 §17; 2003 c.158 §30; 2003 c.341 §19; 2015 c.138 §37]

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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 (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 816, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano816.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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