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Old 09-13-2011, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by pointandgo View Post
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.
I just skimmed the majority of that 300+ page document and the only area that I can find that is requires amber side markers is for vehicles wider that 80". You may very well be correct, but I cant find the info. More importantly though. Fines are left to the state inspection and state police, neither of which check or are required to check for it.

Incidentally a lot of new US cars have no amber side markers, they only have an orange coated plastic overlying the bulb used for the turn indicator (Ford fiesta, focus, and Taurus to name a few)

2011 328xi Sedan - DSB / Chestnut / Aluminum / Auto / Value / Premium / Xenon / Sat / Split Rear Seats
M3 Lip Spoiler / LUX V3 / Aluminum Pedals & E-Brake / Interior LED / Xenesis H8 & H3 / LED side markers
Clear Side Reflectors / DSB painted calipers / Cyba black scoops / Tint / Powder black grille & exhaust tips

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