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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
CHAPTER 246* MOTOR VEHICLES
Sec. 14-96y. Number of head lamps. Number in combination with other lamps.

Sec. 14-96y. Number of head lamps. Number in combination with other lamps. (1296)(Text)

(a) At all times specified in subsection (a) of section 14-96a, at least two lighted lamps shall be displayed, one on each side at the front of every motor vehicle other than a motorcycle, except when such vehicle is parked subject to the regulations governing lights on parked vehicles. (1297)

(b) Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with head lamps as herein required is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or a spot lamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of intensity greater than three hundred candlepower, not more than a total of four of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a highway. (1298)

(c) Failure to have lamps as required by this section shall be an infraction. (1299)

Sec. 14-96z. Intensity of certain lamps. Location of red light. (1300)(Text)

(a) During the times specified in subsection (a) of section 14-96a, any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle, other than head lamps, spot lamps, auxiliary lamps, flashing turn signals, emergency vehicle warning lamps and school bus warning lamps, which projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than three hundred candlepower shall be so directed that no part of the high intensity portion of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five feet from the vehicle. (1301)

(b) Except as required in section 14-96q no person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front of the center thereof. (1302)

(c) Having lamps which do not conform to the provisions of this section shall be an infraction for each offense. (1303)

Sec. 14-96aa. Standards and specifications for lamps for snow-removal and highway maintenance equipment. (1304)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt standards and specifications applicable to head lamps, clearance lamps, identification and other lamps on snow-removal and other highway maintenance and service equipment when operated on the highways of this state in lieu of the lamps otherwise required on motor vehicles by sections 14-96a to 14-96z, inclusive. Such standards and specifications may permit the use of flashing lights for purposes of identification on snow-removal and other highway maintenance and service equipment when in service upon the highways. (1305)

(b) No person shall operate any snow-removal or other highway maintenance and service equipment on any highway unless the lamps thereon comply with and are lighted when and as required by the standards and specifications adopted as provided in this section. (1306)

(c) Violation of the provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall be an infraction. (1307)

Sec. 14-96bb. Operation of motor vehicles without required lighting devices. (1308)(Text)

Section 14-96bb is repealed, effective October 1, 1999. (1309)

Sec. 14-96cc. Regulation of hazardous lighting equipment. (1310)(Text)

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may make regulations prohibiting the use on any motor vehicle operating on the highways of this state of any lighting equipment which he determines to be hazardous to either the operator of the vehicle equipped with such lighting devices or to the operators of other vehicles encountering a vehicle so equipped. The commissioner may make or cause to be made any tests of any lighting equipment intended for use on motor vehicles which he finds necessary in order to determine whether such lighting equipment is hazardous as provided by this section. The commissioner may, upon application, allow the installation upon one or more motor vehicles of any head lamp or other lighting device for the purpose of testing such head lamp or other lighting device upon such terms and conditions as he deems reasonable. (1311)

Sec. 14-97. Defrosting devices on school buses and motor vehicles used to transport passengers for hire. (1312)(Text)

(a) Each school bus, as defined in subsection (a) of section 14-275, used for the transportation of school children and each motor vehicle used to transport passengers for hire shall be equipped with a defrosting device, in good working order and adequate to prevent the accumulation of snow, ice, frost or condensation on the windshield. (1313)

(b) Operation of a motor vehicle or, as owner, permitting the operation of a motor vehicle, in violation of any provision of this section, shall be an infraction. (1314)

Sec. 14-97a. Emergency lighting or reflecting devices on motor vehicles used to transport passengers for hire and motor vehicles with commercial registration. (1315)(Text)

(a) There shall be carried on each motor vehicle used to transport passengers for hire whose capacity is in excess of seven passengers, each motor vehicle with a commercial registration and a manufacturer's rated capacity in excess of two thousand pounds and each combination of tractor and trailer, when it is operated on any highway during the period from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, flares, flaring candles, torches, lanterns or other lighting or light reflecting devices designed for emergency use, which shall be ready for immediate use. The operator of any such motor vehicle shall cause such emergency equipment to be kept lighted or in the case of light reflecting devices to be situated in such manner as to be visible for at least two hundred feet in front and in the rear of such motor vehicle, during any period between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise when such motor vehicle has become stalled or is in such condition that it cannot be operated on the highway. (1316)

(b) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars and the commissioner may suspend, for not more than sixty days, the registration of any such motor vehicle not equipped as provided in this section. (1317)

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