H. B. 4245
(By Delegates Overington, Butcher, Barill,
Barker, Caputo, Sobonya, Frazier,
Michael and Perdue)
[Introduced January 20, 2012; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-15-23 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to lighting equipment; and permitting permit 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 said 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) In the event 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 shall 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) In the event If the motorcycle, motor-driven cycle or moped is equipped with a single-beam lamp or lamps, said 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 it comes.
(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 added to protect the driver.
(B) Lighting under this subdivision shall be:
(iii) Nonoscillating; and
(iv) Directed toward the engine and the drive train of the motorcycle.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit certain auxiliary lighting on motorcycles.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.