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Old 07-28-2008, 08:09 AM
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Texas Tail Tinting Laws

A friend of mine that lives in the DFW area was recently ticketed for tinted headlights and tinted tails. Before going to court he did his homework and totally embarrassed the cop who wrote the ticket and the DA who was there representing the city who did not brush up on his laws regarding vehicle lighting, here it is explained: (BTW he won)

Know this law if you are going to tint your lights front or back.

i also included other lighting codes.

I will try and highlight important parts and explain it.

ok on with legalize.


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SUBCHAPTER E. GENERAL LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLES



547.321. HEADLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) A motor vehicle
shall be equipped with at least two headlamps.
(b) At least one headlamp shall be mounted on each side of
the front of the vehicle.
(c) Each headlamp shall be mounted at a height from 24 to 54
inches.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


547.3215. USE OF FEDERAL STANDARD. Unless
specifically prohibited by this chapter, lighting, reflective
devices, and associated equipment on a vehicle or motor vehicle
must comply with:
(1) the current federal standards in 49 C.F.R. Section
571.108; or
(2) the federal standards in that section in effect,
if any, at the time the vehicle or motor vehicle was manufactured.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 324, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.


that explains itself



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547.322. TAILLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) Except as provided
by Subsection (b), a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, pole
trailer, or vehicle that is towed at the end of a combination of
vehicles shall be equipped with at least two taillamps.
(b) A passenger car or truck that was manufactured or
assembled before the model year 1960 shall be equipped with at least
one taillamp.
(c) Taillamps shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle:
(1) at a height from 15 to 72 inches; and
(2) at the same level and spaced as widely apart as
practicable if a vehicle is equipped with more than one lamp.
(d) A taillamp shall emit a red light plainly visible at a
distance of 1,000 feet from the rear of the vehicle. Can also be used against tinted tails(e) If vehicles are traveling in combination, only the
taillamps on the rearmost vehicle are required to emit a light for
the distance specified in Subsection (d).
(f) A taillamp or a separate lamp shall be constructed and
mounted to emit a white light that:
(1) illuminates the rear license plate; and
(2) makes the plate clearly legible at a distance of 50
feet from the rear.
(g) A taillamp, including a separate lamp used to illuminate
a rear license plate, must emit a light when a headlamp or auxiliary
driving lamp is lighted. Meaning dont change the color of the lic. plate bulb must be whiteActs 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Important parts there are the lic plate bulb must be white.



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547.323. STOPLAMPS REQUIRED. (a) Except as provided
by Subsection (b), a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or pole
trailer shall be equipped with at least two stoplamps.
(b) A passenger car manufactured or assembled before the
model year 1960 shall be equipped with at least one stoplamp.
(c) A stoplamp shall be mounted on the rear of the vehicle.
(d) A stoplamp shall emit a red or amber light, or a color
between red and amber, that is:
(1) visible in normal sunlight at a distance of at
least 300 feet from the rear of the vehicle; and
(2) displayed when the vehicle service brake is
applied. Oops another possible tinted tail light loop hole
(e) If vehicles are traveling in combination, only the
stoplamps on the rearmost vehicle are required to emit a light for
the distance specified in Subsection (d).
(f) A stoplamp may be included as a part of another rear
lamp.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

damn more Tinted tail crap


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547.324. TURN SIGNAL LAMPS REQUIRED. (a) Except as
provided by Subsection (b), a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer,
or pole trailer shall be equipped with electric turn signal lamps
that indicate the operator's intent to turn by displaying flashing
lights to the front and rear of a vehicle or combination of vehicles
and on that side of the vehicle or combination toward which the turn
is to be made.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a passenger car or
truck less than 80 inches wide manufactured or assembled before the
model year 1960.
(c) Turn signal lamps:
(1) shall be mounted at the same level and spaced as
widely apart as practicable on the front and on the rear of the
vehicle; and
(2) may be included as a part of another lamp on the
vehicle.
(d) A turn signal lamp shall emit:
(1) a white or amber light, or a color between white
and amber, if the lamp is mounted on the front of the vehicle; or
(2) a red or amber light, or a color between red and
amber, if the lamp is mounted on the rear of the vehicle.
(e) A turn signal lamp must be visible in normal sunlight at
a distance of:
(1) at least 500 feet from the front and rear of the
vehicle if the vehicle is at least 80 inches wide; and
(2) at least 300 feet from the front and rear of the
vehicle if the vehicle is less than 80 inches wide.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Doesnt apply to our cars



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547.325. REFLECTORS REQUIRED. (a) Except as
provided by Subchapter F, a motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, or
pole trailer shall be equipped with at least two red reflectors on
the rear of the vehicle. A red reflector may be included as a part
of a taillamp
(b) A reflector shall be:
(1) mounted at a height from 15 to 60 inches; and
(2) visible at night at all distances:
(A) from 100 to 600 feet when directly in front of
lawful lower beams of headlamps; or
(B) from 100 to 350 feet when directly in front of
lawful upper beams of headlamps if the vehicle was manufactured or
assembled before January 1, 1972.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

One way to beat the tinted tail light ticket. i used this section and beat the ticket.


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547.327. SPOTLAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A motor vehicle
may be equipped with not more than two spotlamps.
(b) A spotlamp shall be aimed so that no part of the
high-intensity portion of the beam strikes the windshield, window,
mirror, or occupant of another vehicle in use.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Thats for all your 4X4 guys. dont have more then 2 spotlights



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547.328. FOG LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A motor vehicle
may be equipped with not more than two fog lamps.
(b) A fog lamp shall be:
(1) mounted on the front of the vehicle at a height
from 12 to 30 inches; and
(2) aimed so that no part of the high-intensity
portion of the beam from a lamp mounted to the left of center on a
vehicle projects a beam of light at a distance of 25 feet that is
higher than four inches below the level of the center of the lamp.
(c) Lighted fog lamps may be used with lower headlamp beams
as specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


547.329. AUXILIARY PASSING LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A
motor vehicle may be equipped with no more than two auxiliary
passing lamps.
(b) An auxiliary passing lamp shall be mounted on the front
of the vehicle at a height from 24 to 42 inches.
(c) An auxiliary passing lamp may be used with headlamps as
specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


547.330. AUXILIARY DRIVING LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A
motor vehicle may be equipped with no more than two auxiliary
driving lamps.
(b) An auxiliary driving lamp shall be mounted on the front
of the vehicle at a height from 16 to 42 inches.
(c) Auxiliary driving lamps may be used with headlamps as
specified by Section 547.333.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.


547.331. HAZARD LAMPS PERMITTED. (a) A vehicle may
be equipped with lamps to warn other vehicle operators of a
vehicular traffic hazard that requires unusual care in approaching,
overtaking, or passing.
(b) The lamps shall be:
(1) mounted at the same level and spaced as widely
apart as practicable on the front and on the rear of the vehicle;
and
(2) visible at a distance of at least 500 feet in
normal sunlight.
(c) The lamps shall display simultaneously flashing lights
that emit:
(1) a white or amber light, or a color between white
and amber, if the lamp is mounted on the front of the vehicle; or
(2) a red or amber light, or a color between red and
amber, if the lamp is mounted on the rear of the vehicle.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:48 AM
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I pulled something similiar to that for Arkansas and the distance is only 500ft. and I told the officer that, but he said the reflectors you couldn't see. Tell me if I am missing something that I could use. Granted I had the dark tinted tails and there wasn't much reflection, so I just took them off. Once I move out of this small town I will put them back on.
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Good job Centex. Want a job? Unfortunately it would be prosecuting. You know, in over 20 years as a prosecutor, I have never had a "tinted tails" case that I had to prosecute (I have jurisdiction over all cases from traffic court to Capital Murder) I have had a few tinted window cases. I usually "work those out". By the way, If you do contest a ticket, don't be a d*ck. You may run across a prosecutor who , like me, would enjoy a tour of your ride, some war stories about "kills" followed by a dismissal of your ticket. By the way, my ADA is also a car freak. Below are his three rides.





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Nice I agree in the saying "Cooler heads prevail", I think you should site his Maggie for illegal front window tint-LOL
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Hmm, I was looking at the PA tint laws. Cause I know we have some messed up ones. But I did find this link.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/consumers.aspx?id=295

"Installation of non-conforming window tint is a violation of the Vehicle Code and the Attorney General considers it a violation of the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. The Consumer Protection Law permits a court to award a consumer reimbursement for the cost of applying the tint and fine the installer up to $1,000 for each willful violation."

Anyone ever hear of a shop getting fined also?
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First they would have to have prove the window tint place did the install. Most tint places that do it illegally request cash only, no receipt given and do not put their label under the window tint.
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Ok, I'm from TX so I just wanna get this perfectly straight. We need to have 2 tail lights visible from 1000 ft, brake lights that work and reflectors visible from 100 ft? The only thing I'm concerned about is the reflectors.
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You got it, our rear fogs work as good reflectors as well
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