State Police Issue Warning Regarding Equipment Violations

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Captain Wayne C. Kline is reminding area residents of some of the common equipment violations that are becoming prevalent in the surrounding counties.

Equipment violations are not only dangerous to the vehicle owner, but to all operators on our roadways and troopers have begun to take an aggressive approach in order to decrease these violations and ensure the safety of Pennsylvania motorists.

“I would like to remind drivers that the cost of most equipment violation citations often surpasses $150.00 and that often multiple violations are discovered increasing costs,” Kline said in a recent release.

In order to assist in compliance, the Pennsylvania State Police have provided several of the most commonly observed vehicle code violations for review:

Off road lighting
Must be mounted on roof or roll bars and must be covered.

– On light trucks and SUVS, part of the bumper must fall between 16-30 inches from the ground.
– Passenger vehicles must be 16-20 inches.

Aftermarket Window Tint
If the vehicle manufacturer did not apply the window tint on your vehicle then it is most likely illegal to have. Just because a vehicle has been inspected by a garage doesn’t mean that the vehicle is legal to operate due to aftermarket products. Back windows can’t be tinted for cars. Trucks and SUV’s are exempt for back windows.

– Diesel engines intentionally releasing black smoke is prohibited.
– Location change for diesel exhaust is prohibited.
– Exposed exhaust needs to utilize a heat shield.

General Lighting Equipment
Colors and locations must be followed.
– Amber: clearance lights, side marker lights
– Red: rear of the vehicle, brake lights
– White: Headlamps, back up lights, registration plate lights, fog lamps, auxiliary driving lights

Oversized Tires
Tires can not extend beyond the fenders/body.

Fender Flares
Fender flares may not exceed 3 inches from the vehicles body.

Ornamental Lighting
Ornamental lighting is prohibited while on the highway/roadway except for motorcycles.

Headlamps must be white in color.

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