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House Bill 2477 History
H. B. 2477
(By Delegates Overington, Barill and Perdue)
[Passed March 8, 2014; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact §17C-15-23 of the Code of West
Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to permitting certain
auxiliary lighting on motorcycles.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17C-15-23 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 15. EQUIPMENT.
§17C-15-23. Lighting equipment on motorcycles, motor-driven
cycles and mopeds.
The head lamp or head lamps upon every motorcycle, motor-
driven cycle and moped may be of the single-beam or multiple-beam
type but in either event shall comply with the requirements and
limitations as follows:
(1) Every head lamp or head lamps shall be of sufficient
intensity to reveal a person or a vehicle at a distance of not less than one hundred feet when the motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or
moped is operated at any speed less than twenty-five miles per hour
and at a distance of not less than two hundred feet when it is
operated at a speed of twenty-five or more miles per hour.
(2) If the motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or moped is equipped
with a multiple-beam type head lamp or head lamps the upper beam
shall meet the minimum requirements set forth above and not exceed
the limitations set forth in section twenty (a) of this article and
the lowermost beam shall meet the requirements applicable to a
lowermost distribution of light as set forth in section twenty (b)
of this article.
(3) If the motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or moped is equipped
with a single-beam lamp or lamps, the lamp or lamps shall be so
aimed that when the vehicle is loaded none of the high-intensity
portion of light, at a distance of twenty-five feet ahead, shall
project higher than the level of the center of the lamp from which
(4) (A) Subject to paragraph (B) of this subdivision, a
motorcycle may be equipped with, and an operator of a motorcycle
may use, the following auxiliary lighting:
(I) Amber and white illumination;
(ii) Standard bulb running lights; or
(iii) Light-emitting diode pods and strips.
(B) Lighting under this subdivision shall be:
(iii) Nonoscillating; and
(iv) Directed toward the engine and the drive train of the
motorcycle to prevent interference with the driver's operation of