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      02-26-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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Most Cited Vehicle Code violations

California Vehicle Codes (mod related)...

Loud car stereo.
Illegal if heard more than 50 feet from the vehicle
(27007 VC).

Lack of front and rear DMV-issued license plates
(5200 VC). "Guilty"..."it says 'and' not 'or'...ok I'm good. "

Radar jammers. Radar detectors are legal, but jammers, or any device which interferes with radar signals, are illegal (28150 VC).

Lowered frame (or any other part) that is lower than the lowest point of the wheel rim (24008 VC).

Air and hydraulic suspension systems that are operated unsafely or with the vehicle lower than allowed (24002, 24008 VC).

Tinting the front side windows and the windshield (except for a narrow band at the top of the windshield). Windows behind the driver's head may be tinted. If rear window is tinted, right-side mirror is required (26708 VC).

Lack of white rear license plate light (24601 VC). It must illuminate the license plate, not project light behind the vehicle.

Missing front and/or rear bumpers (28071 VC).

Illegal engine modifications. Most are illegal due to smog (27156 VC). "WTF? too late."

Blue and yellow headlights. Headlights must be white - blue and yellow are illegal (24011 VC). Look for the DOT symbol on the bulb and package.

Headlights brighter or higher wattage than those from the factory. You may be able to see better, but the lights are illegal (24011 VC).

Tail lights other than red (24600 VC).
Illegal brake lights. Brake lights on vehicles newer than 1979 must be red (24603 VC). (Vehicles older than 1979 may be red or yellow.)

Lack of rear reflectors. Two red reflectors are required on the rear of cars and trucks (24607 VC).

Incorrect color of turn signal. It must be white or yellow to the front, red or yellow to the rear (24953 VC).

Red lights to the front. They are illegal except on emergency vehicles (24003 VC).

Tail lights that incorporate a bulb with a red tint or coating. In general, custom tail lights that incorporate a clear outer shell and red inner lens are legal (24011 VC). If they don't incorporate reflectors, they must be added to the vehicle (24607 VC).

Tail lights that are too dim, washed out or show yellow, white or other colors (24600 VC).

Illegal color of side marker lights. If present, must be yellow in the front and red in the rear (25106, 24003 VC).

Driving with just parking lights on (24800 VC). Vehicles that have factory-installed automatic daytime running lights must meet federal requirements and are legal.

Illegal decorative lights (24003 VC). All flashing decorative lights are illegal (25250 VC).

Illegal windshield washer nozzle lights. Only white or yellow are allowed. (25106 VC, 24003 VC).

Lights attached to tire valves (24003, 25250 VC). "Darn it, "

Lighted license plate frames (unless red) (24003 VC).

Illegal lights, whether or not they are operating. It is illegal just to have them on the vehicle (24003 VC).

Excessively noisy exhaust systems and mufflers (27150, 27151 VC). Many aftermarket exhaust systems and parts are illegal. Look for parts that meet California law. If it doesn't say it meets the law, it probably doesn't.

Exhaust systems which meet smog requirements but are still too loud. Exhaust equipment that states it is, "Legal in all 50 states," refers to smog, not noise.
Note: New law (27150.2 VC) does not require law enforcement to use sound level meters to test for excessive noise. Citation is based on officer's judgment. Cited violators may have testing done at smog referee stations or may be directed by the court to have testing done. Vehicles in violation must be brought into compliance. A fine may also be imposed.
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      02-26-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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LOL, I'm assuming that's in Cali. Since they seem to be the most strict on everything.
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      02-26-2008, 01:16 PM   #3
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Yeah...its California...CHP...I'll update.
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good info!
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A lot of light related codes, which should clear up some questions about what is legal and what is not.
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geezz.. can't believe such law exist..
Better buy a bicycle.... Hope there's no Bicycle Code Violation..
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And these are only the MOST cited Vehicle Code Violations.

There's SOOOOOO many f-ing laws they can nail you for ANYTHING!

There's laws that overlap other laws.

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Wow. So many exotics. So many laws. So much waste.
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I don't have a problem with most of those.
There has to be order. Lights need to be the same on vehicles so people know is what, and how to respond to the drivers around them.
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I don't have a problem with most of those.
There has to be order. Lights need to be the same on vehicles so people know is what, and how to respond to the drivers around them.
I agree..I dislike when I see people using white/blue turn signals on the rear of their cars, or have dark purple colored headlights. It's just more dangerous for everyone else on the road..as far as some of those revenue generating violations..eh. But the ones that are derived from common sense are not so bad.
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im glad we dont have TOO many of those problems in Chicago, i got nailed with about 7 or 8 $50 no front plate tickets in chicago, sucked at the time..still does..
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Somehow I get the feeling there are cars that violate the last code when stock.
i.e. Any Ferrari, Lamborghini, CGT, etc. I wonder what a CCX sounds like stock, can't remember if I've ever seen that Top Gear. /me heads off to YouTube
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Somehow I get the feeling there are cars that violate the last code when stock.
i.e. Any Ferrari, Lamborghini, CGT, etc. I wonder what a CCX sounds like stock, can't remember if I've ever seen that Top Gear. /me heads off to YouTube
+1... i mean a lambo with stock exhaust is LOUD.... imo its even louder than my e90 with muffler delete mod.
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man ive gotten over half of those tickets already in my life lol
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Wow...

Most of those local-auto-parts-store lighting accessories are pretty much illegal!
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