There is no federal agency that monitors or fines for this. The US Marshalls aren't running around ticketing people for side reflectors. It is the states responsibility and in Texas the state does not require or check for them at inspection.
Originally Posted by pointandgo
You don't have a clue of what you are talking about. U.S. federal safety standards (FMVSS) always trump state regulations, and U.S. state vehicle codes usually follow federal motor vehicle safety standards. Even if the state vehicle code does not specifically cite the federal standard, the federal standard will prevail. FMVSS "108" (CFR 49) covers lamps, lighting and reflectors, and the side reflectors are required by federal statute, otherwise car makers wouldn't spend a penny putting them there. Go ahead and remove them; I doubt if many state law enforcement agencies would make an issue of this, or that any DOT/NHTSA black helicopters would circle over your house.
2011 328xi Sedan - DSB
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M3 Lip Spoiler / LUX V3 / Aluminum
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