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    Default Failed Inspection for Auxiliary Lights - Questioning the spec

    I took my truck to get an inspection today and it failed for "Driving Lights Mounted In The Center At/Above Headlight Height Require Covers Or Removal".

    Looking at "CHAPTER Saf-C 3200 OFFICIAL MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS", I can only find the following requirements:

    Saf-C 3215.05 Auxiliary Driving Lamps and Fog Lamps.
    (a) A vehicle shall be rejected if:
    (1) Equipped with more than 3 forward facing auxiliary driving lamps or fog lamps;
    (2) The auxiliary driving lamps or fog lamps are lower than 12 inches or higher than 42 inches above level ground, measured at lamp center; or
    (3) Off road, roof or roll bar mounted lights are not covered to prevent light beams from being thrown while operating on a way.

    The center of my lights are higher than 12" and lower than 42" from the ground, so I think I should be legal without covers. I don't see anything in the regulations about the relation to headlight height. Am I looking at the wrong regulations?

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    They are huge, so likely they applied #3 as they look like off road lights i.e. high power

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    They are huge, so likely they applied #3 as they look like off road lights i.e. high power

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    Agreed. Aux driving or fog lights have to fall within a range of wattage, with offroad lights exceeding that. If theres no legal definition, then I believe its up to the discretion of the inspector.

    A couple a classy Crown Royal bags over the lights should pass as covers, then remove the covers when you get home.
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    I agree with the above messages... throw something on to cover them to pass this year. Next year, try Ratchetts Offroad for your inspection. They inspect my rig and are very practical. (cool 80 by the way)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    They are huge, so likely they applied #3 as they look like off road lights i.e. high power.
    Yep, I bet you are right. The inspector referenced the "headlight height", which I haven't found anywhere. Maybe he came from a different state or has an older revision of the regulations in his brain.

    Quote Originally Posted by farmer View Post
    Agreed...If theres no legal definition, then I believe its up to the discretion of the inspector.
    I could probably fight that they should be treated as "driving lights" since that's what the manufacturer calls them, but it's probably easier just to temporarily cover the and be on my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer View Post
    A couple a classy Crown Royal bags over the lights should pass as covers, then remove the covers when you get home.
    Chugging some Crown may give me the interest and gumption to win the "these are driving lights" fight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumpskie View Post
    I agree with the above messages... throw something on to cover them to pass this year. Next year, try Ratchetts Offroad for your inspection. They inspect my rig and are very practical. (cool 80 by the way)
    Thanks for the tip. I checked out your build thread. Impressive stuff! Nice work and rig!
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    I hand people duct tape and say "those lights need to be covered or it will fail".
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