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    Federal Lighting Requirements and Locations

    Federal Lighting Equipment Location Requirements

    Direct from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration     www.nhtsa.gov

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Every lamp, reflex reflector, and conspicuity treatment (device) must be permanently attached in the location specified below and must comply with all applicable requirements prescribed for it by FMVSS/CMVSS 108. The face of any device on the front/rear and sides should be, respectively perpendicular and parallel to vehicle centerline, unless it is photometrically certified at installation angle. No part of the vehicle shall prevent an device from meeting its prescribed requirements unless an auxiliary device meeting all prescribed requirements is installed.

    *Photometrically certified at installation angle

    Basic Equipment Required On All Trailers Under 80’’ Wide

    Description

    Mandatory Requirements

    Area

    Equipment

    SAE Lens Coding

    Functional Purpose

    Quantity

    Color

    Location

    Height from the ground (in.)

    1

    Tail Lamps

    (T)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Red

    On rear- symmetrical-as far apart as practicable

    15’’-72’’

    1

    Stop Lamps

    (S)

    Indicates braking

    Minimum 2

    Red

    On rear- symmetrical-as far apart as practicable

    15’’-72’’

    1

    Rear Turn Signal Lamps

    (I)

    Indicates direction of turn

    Minimum 2

    Red or Yellow

    On rear- symmetrical-as far apart as practicable

    15’’-83’’

    1

    Rear Reflex Reflectors

    (A)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Red

    On rear-symmetrical-as far apart as practicable-facing rearward

    15’’-60’’

    2

    License Plate Lamp(s)

    (L)

    Illuminates license plate

    Minimum 1

    White

    On rear-above or at the sides of license plate

    N/A

    3

    Rear Side Marker Lamps

    (P2, PC* or P3*)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Red

    Each side at rear – as far back as practicable

    15’’-60’’ max

    3

    Rear Side Reflex Reflectors

    (A)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Red

    Each side at rear – as far back as practicable-facing sideward

    15’’-60’’

    4a

    Front Side Marker Lamps

    (P2, PC* or P3, PC2*)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Yellow

    Each side at front – as far back as practicable

    15’’ minimum

    4b

    Front Side Reflex Reflectors

    (A)

    Indicates vehicle presence & width

    Minimum 2

    Yellow

    Each side at front– as far back as practicable-facing sideward

    15’’-60’’

     

    ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENTFOR TRAILERS EXCEEDING THE FOLLOWING PARAMETERS

    Length 30ft or Longer

    Description

    Mandatory Requirements

    Area

    Equipment

    SAE Lens Coding

    Functional

    Purpose

    Quantity

    Color

    Location

    Height from the ground (in.)

    5a

    Intermediate Side Marker Lamps

    (P2 or P3)

    Indicate presence of long vehicle

    Minimum   2

    Yellow

    Each side near center-facing sideward

    15’’ minimum

    5b

    Intermediate Side Reflex Reflectors

    (A)

    Indicate presence of long vehicle

    Minimum   2

    Yellow

    Each side near center-facing sideward

    15’’-60’’

     

     

    Basic Equipment Required On All Trailers Over 80’’ Wide

    Description

    Mandatory Requirements

    Area

    Equipment

    SAE Lens Coding

    Functional

    Purpose

    Quantity

    Color

    Location

    Height from the ground (in.)

    6

    Rear Clearance Lamps

    (P2, PC* or P3, PC2*)

    Show’s vehicles width-MAY NOT be combined with tail lamps

    Minimum  2

    Red

    At widest point-symmetrical-on the rear or near the rear-facing rearward

    As high as practical-lower only if ID lamps are at the top

    7

    Rear Identification Lamps

    (P2 or P3)

    Indicate presence of wide vehicle

    Exactly 3

    Red

    On the rear-center, facing rearward-horizontally spaced 6’’ to 12’’ apart

    As high as practicable

    8

    Front Clearance Lamps

    (P2, PC* or P3, PC2*)

    Show vehicle’s width

    Minimum   2

    Yellow

    At widest point-symmetrical-as far forward as practicable-facing forward

    As high as practicable

     

     

    Basic Equipment Required On All Trailers Over 80’’ Wide and GVWR 10,000 lbs. or Greater

    Description

    Mandatory Requirements

    Area

    Equipment

    DOT Coding

    Quantity

    Color

    Location

    Height from the ground (in.)

    9

    Rear Upper Body Marking

    DOT-C, DOT-C2, DOT-C3, or DOT-C4

    Exactly 2 pairs of 300mm long strips

    White

    On the rear upper corners-facing rearward

    At the top

    10

    Bumper Bar Marking

    DOT-C, DOT-C2, DOT-C3, or DOT-C4

    Continuous

    Red / White

    On the rear bumper bar’s horizontal element-full-width-facing rearward

    No Requirement

    11

    Rear Lower Body Marking

    DOT-C, DOT-C2, DOT-C3, or DOT-C4

    Continuous

    Red / White

    See options

    On the rear-full width of the vehicle-facing rearward

    As horizontal as practicable and as close as practicable to the range of 375 to 1525 mm from the ground

    12

    Side Marking

    DOT-C, DOT-C2, DOT-C3, or DOT-C4

    See Location

    Red / White

    See options below

    On rear-symmetrical-as far apart as practicable-facing rearward

    As horizontal as practicable and as close as practicable to the range of 375 to 1525 mm from the ground

    OPTIONS: Reflex reflectors may not be required if they are replaced, in their required location, with conspicuity treatment. Rear lower body and side conspicuity treatment may also be solid white, solid yellow, or white and yellow

     

     

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