Driving Lights

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 19:54
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Hey does anyone know whether it is legal or illegal to have three driving lights across the front of the car?

I have seen quite a few cars with three but when asked a dealer whether it was possible to fit a third he said that it was illegal in Vic.

If thats the case i guess there is a lot of 4WD's in Vic that are runnign illegal light setups. From what i was told they have to be symetrical, i assume he meant even numbers.

Mark
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:30

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:30
You've got to have an even number of lights here in Vic. You should be able to get info from the VicRoads site.
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Reply By: H2O - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:37

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:37
I was told by a copper in Qld that 3 is ok on the bbar but you need an even number on the roof if you mount them there. Vic would probably be different though - not that it should matter from state to state! rules like this should be the same for every state I recon
JD
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:06

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:06
You're not supposed to mount them high here, unless they come factory on a jeep????
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:28

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:28
Correct Blue, lights on the roof are illegal...
Theres a maximum height limit you can have them at, and if I remember most bullbars dont make it into legality height if you mount them ON TOP of the whole bullbar - which comes into another legal area, you cant block your vision, and your not supposed to have stuff mounted above the bonnet.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:37

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:37
I believe that anything above the bonnet( in your line of sight) is to be no wider than 30mm
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:00

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:00
yup, inc ariels.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:00

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:00
30 or 35? cant remember now
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Follow Up By: tex1972 - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:46

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:46
In NSW no driving light can be mounted higher than the midline of the headlights.
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Reply By: Member - Rob J (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:50

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 20:50
Mark,
Also illegal in WA to have an odd number of spotties etc
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Reply By: Dion - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:43

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 21:43
Surely odd would be ok, so long as one was smack bang in the middle. Symetrical means equal both sides. A light smack bang in the middle is symetrical, (equal both sides).

Cheers,

Dion.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:05

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 22:05
In SA, no lights to be higher than the height of the original headlights. Only 4 headlights permitted at all (2 headlights and 2 driving lights) plus genuine fog lights. extra driving lights must not be closer than 600mm together.

This makes 80 series illegal to have driving lights, unless you can prove that they are fog lights (that is operate independently from headlights and are mounted lower)

Coppers just aren't interested in enforcing these types of picky regulations though. Look up (for those interested in South Australia and I presume there are equivalents in other states) Road Traffic Regulations, should clarify a few things in your stated. Might prove me wrong too.

http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/dbsearch/legislation-list.asp?doctype=rr

Sorry, don't know how to post a link. Not computer literate at all

D-Jack
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Reply By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 23:31

Wednesday, Jan 26, 2005 at 23:31
Roof lights are iligal only if you can turn them on whilst driving . If you need to get out og the car anf fit a fuse , they are legal .
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Follow Up By: Tuff60 - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 00:33

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 00:33
Get out to turn them on?? Do they(road authorities) have a special team of mentally challenged monkeys coming up with this crap. Besides roof lights are fantastic for finding over hanging trees off road, but do look the part in Chaple St, along with some fully sick doof doof coming out the open windows.
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 11:24

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 11:24
I believe roof lights are illegal becasue those lights are above your head and will blind all cars coming in the opposite direction before you have a chance to see them.

But, you can have a "work light". Hence you get out to turn it on.

R.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 17:39

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 17:39
have had plenty of cars with roof lights , cops only stop me to make sure i can tturn them on whilst driving . Tgis makes them a decoration and not a working light. They know we use them in the bush , but they dont care about that . BUT , do not get caught with them on on the street , you will need to bend over and touch your ancles
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 10:33

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 10:33
I had a bit of a giggle at a very new looking NM Pajero I spotted yesterday on the Grand Parade in Brighton (Sydney).

It had 6 Lightforce 170's on the front. 2 above the bullbar, 2 on the bullbar and 2 under the bullbar. The bottom ones wouldn't do much for the Paj approach angles.

I know Vic's regulations are stricter on driving light setups than most states. They must be installed in pairs, which would rule out 3 lamps. However, this rule allows you to have 4 driving lights.

Click here for the rules of the VicRoads website. Page 14 is the bit you're after.
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:55

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 15:55
before we all get too excited - there is no height restriction for lights within ADRs. States make up there own - so what is legal in one might not be in another. They however do agree on one thing - lights are to be equal distance from the centreline of the vehicle - therefore no odd numbers - you can fit 20 if you want but 10 each side of the centreline. no light (or anything else) is to obstruct drivers forward vision - this includes HF arials. As these are ADRs you need to check when going from State to State as they all want there own individual ego trips - as for individual police/traffic within each State that is another lot of egos you run up against. I still hold out hope that one day State Govts will disappear and we may indeed all grow up. rgds
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:32

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:32
From SA regs
"(5) Additional pairs of headlights may be fitted to a motor vehicle with 4 or more wheels that was built after 1969."
Rules out odd numbers.
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