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Ontario Riders - HTA Laws concerning lights

G'day all. I was pulled over by the Military Police in the fall while driving through CFB Borden, Ontario with my LED lizard lights turned on. He informed me they were illegal and if I failed to turn them off, he could fine me $165. Keep in mind, none of the lights are directed forward or to the rear - only toward the road, and they are blue, non-intermittent.

I thought I understood the Highway Traffic Act concerning lighting before purchasing and installing them. Can anybody confirm or shoot down his claims? I have attached the link to the most recent e-laws, section 62 pertains to lighting. The only reference I could find that remotely resembles what he was talking about is subsection 7(a), and it only pertains to lamps on the front of the vehicle.

Any legal-beagles in here have a definitive answer? I think this guy is full of it, but I want to be sure of my rights before I continue using the lights (they've already saved me once from getting T-boned at night). Cheers all. Is it spring yet?

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/sta...08_e.htm#BK111
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I don't know for sure but I believe that led lights used to highlight the vehicle, auto or bike, have to be turned off while the vehicle is in motion. I believe its considered a distraction to other drivers.
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Just wait till you get off the base...MPs are usually bored and have nothing better to do. Plus they are all ticked off that the REAL soldiers regard them as a lower form of life than mall cops.

I don't think the OPP would bother you too much...they have better things to do and the Barrie Police obviously don't care given all the kids tinted out, neon lighted Civics racing around town.

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I know I probably won't get bothered much, but I just want to know what my actual rights are. 90% of the time it's the attitude that gets you in trouble, I just want to know if the lights are in fact legal if they're not focused ahead or behind the bike...
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I was interested in putting on LED lights on my 1500 Classic last year and I wrote York Region Police and recieved this e-mail back...
From: "Bulmer, Brad #201" <[email protected]>
To:
Date: 2/23/2009 1:04:23 PM
Subject: coloured lights on motorcycles letter file 919 09

Hi Michael:



You can have as many red lights as you like as long as they are pointing
to the rear. You can have any other colour pointing to the front as
long as they are not flashing. There are no restrictions on amber
lights, flashing or otherwise.



I suggest you be strategic in the placement of such lamps as not to
interfere with or minimize the effect of turn signals and brake lights.



Staff Sergeant Bradley Bulmer #201, C.M.M. II,

Traffic Bureau Commander,

Support Services,

York Regional Police

17250 Yonge St.,

Newmarket, Ont.

L3Y 4W5



1 866 876 5423 (toll free), Ext. 7702

905 841 0665 (fax)

905 955 0745 (cell)



e mail: [email protected]

web page: www.yrp.ca <http://www.yrp.ca/>



<http://www.yrp.ca/> <http://www.york.ca/>


Hope it helps!
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It does indeed help. Thank-you Mike. After reading the Act more than a few times, I figured that should be the answer. I appreciate the help. Cheers.
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Red face Ontario Riders - HTA Laws concerning lights

Thanks. Pretty much what I found in the HTA just now.Good to know!might be a long while till I am in BC though , but I bet the wheelin' is good. you know I find it strange to see 1st gen Liberty's with the OEM roofline lights..... Are they considered marker lights?.

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