Vehicle Lighting Requirements

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Vehicle Lighting Requirements
Make sure your vehicle's lights are fully operational. (Close-up of wet head light. image by Sergejs Nescereckis from Fotolia.com)

When driving, it is imperative that your motor vehicle have the required lights in the required places. The federal government has specific regulations that dictate what lights vehicles should have and where.

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Front Lamps

To ensure that drivers can see the road in front of them, two or four headlights must be at the front of the vehicle with the capability of making both high and low beams. They must be coloured white and be symmetrical.

Federal law also requires parking lamps on any vehicle less than 2,032mm wide. These parking lamps can be white or amber.

Rear Lights

Several lights are required in order to indicate stopping. Two red tail lamps must be located at the back of the vehicle, as well as two red stop lamps that light up when the brakes are pressed. In addition, another stop lamp must be mounted at the centre of the vehicle's back end.

One white lamp must illuminate the number plate.

Side Lights

In order to signal turns, two signal lights, either amber or red, must be included on the vehicle's rear, and two on the front. These two lamps can also function as the side marker lamps. Two yellow side marker lamps must be present near the front of the vehicle.

On the front sides of the car must be two front side marker lamps as well as two side reflex reflectors. These must be amber-coloured. Similarly, two rear side marker lamps and two rear side reflex reflectors must also be present on the back sides of the vehicle. These must be coloured red.

Other Lights

All vehicles must have one white reverse lamp, which must be mounted on the back. Every vehicle is also required to have hazard lights.

General Requirements

Vehicle lights must follow general requirements such as the proper colour according to function. They must have the same intensity and beam pattern in order to be identified as coming from the same vehicle. However, they do not have to look identical.

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