DRAFT CSC, Title 31.  Vehicles
 
CHAPTER 5
Equipment

1201.  Lamps and lighting equipment; when required to be used.
1202.  Same; head lamps on motor vehicles.
1203.  Same; tail lamps.
1204.  Same; lamps on other vehicles and equipment.
1205.  Brakes; equipment required.
1206.  Metal tires.
1207.  Muffler and exhaust systems.
1208.  Periodic inspection of vehicles.
1209.  Misdemeanor Violations of Chapter.

      1201.  Lamps and lighting equipment; when required to be used.
     Every vehicle upon a highway within the State during the period from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise, and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible any persons on the highway at a distance of 200 two hundred feet, shall be equipped with, and shall use the required lighting equipment.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (501), modified.

      1202.  Same; head lamps on motor vehicles.
     Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or farm tractor, shall be equipped with two headlights at the front of and on opposite sides of the motor vehicle.  Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one and not more than two headlights.  All headlights shall produce a driving light sufficiently clear to render clearly discernible a person 200 two hundred feet ahead, but shall not project a glaring or dazzling light to persons in front of such headlights.  Every vehicle utilizing multiple beam head lamps shall use the lower beam when an oncoming vehicle approaches within 300 three hundred feet from the front and whenever the driver of the vehicle approaches another within 300 three hundred feet from the rear.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (502), modified.

      1203.  Same; tail lamps.
     Every motor vehicle and trailer shall be equipped with a light at the rear which exhibits a red light plainly visible at a distance of 200 two hundred feet. A separate light shall be placed so as to illuminate with a white light the rear license plate place and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 fifty feet to the rear.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (503), modified.

      1204.  Same; Lamps on other vehicles and equipment.

     (a) (1)  Every bicycle used on the paved portion of a highway during hours of darkness shall be equipped with a light in the front thereof and shall also be equipped with a reflector on the rear.

     (b) (2)  Every cart or wagon on a paved highway shall be equipped with a light in such a position as to be plainly visible at a distance of 200 two hundred feet from both the front and rear thereof.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (504), modified.

      1205.  Brakes; equipment required.
     Every motor vehicle when operated on a highway shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of, to stop and to hold such vehicle. Every motorcycle and bicycle when operated upon a highway shall be provided with at least one brake, which may be operated  by hand or foot.  All brakes shall be adequate to stop the vehicle within a safe distance and shall be maintained in good working order.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (505).

      1206.  Metal tires.
     No motor vehicle with metal tires shall operate on a paved highway without permission of the department of Transportation.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (506).

      1207.  Muffler and exhaust systems.

     (a) (1)  Any motor vehicle on a highway shall at all times be equipped with a muffler to prevent any excessive or unusual noise.

     (b) (2)  No muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cut-out, bypass or similar device, and no person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle.

     (c) (3)  No person shall drive a vehicle with a defective muffler on a highway.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (507), modified.

      1208.  Periodic inspection of vehicles.
     The Director and his duly authorized officers are hereby empowered at all reasonable times to inspect any motor vehicle to determine its compliance with the equipment provisions of this Code Title.  The Director may cancel the registration of any vehicle if he determines it is unsafe or unfit to be operated or is not equipped as required by this Code Title.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (508), modified.

      1209.  Misdemeanor Violations of Chapter.
     It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle the equipment of which is in a condition not up to the standards specified under Chapter 5 of this Code Title. Violation of the prescriptions of this Chapter constitutes a misdemeanor offense the conviction of which is punishable by the penalties set forth at Section 701 1301 of Chapter 7 of this Code Title.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (509), modified.