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post #1 of 28 Old 03-01-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is it legal to not have a 3rd brake light in New Jersey

i was just wondering if i can take my third brake light off and not get a ticket in NJ.


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post #2 of 28 Old 03-01-2010, 01:00 PM
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It's a federally mandated safety device on light trucks '96 and newer. You may go years without a ticket, it's up to the officer at the time.
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not in oklahoma

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damn I was trying not to buy an extender.

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Did you look at the sticky thread at the top of the forum?

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f27/s...t-laws-703449/
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not in oklahoma
OK is exempted form federal law?

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OK is exempted form federal law?
The Federal law for the third brake light applies to manufacturers.

The State laws are what applies to the drivers.
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It's also a federal offense (you're not likely to get nailed for this buuuuuuuut...) to tamper with, modify and/or remove safety equipment.

Brake lights are safety equipment.
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The Federal law for the third brake light applies to manufacturers.

The State laws are what applies to the drivers.

I did some research couldn’t find exact answers. The third brake is NOT required in all states. Some states (can't find a list) require all lights the vehicle is equipped with to work and other states require ALL safety equipment the vehicle is equipped with to work properly. Some of these states may not have laws about 3rd break lights but may have others ways to cover down on it. So even if there is no 3rd light law there MAY be other laws that apply, there may not.

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post #11 of 28 Old 03-04-2010, 05:14 PM
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It's a federally mandated safety device on light trucks '96 and newer.
That Federal mandate only applies to the vehicle manufacturer. Federal law says all new vehicles must be manufactured and sold with them but Federal law does not apply after the vehicle is sold to the end-user. State law mandates what is and is not required where that is concerned. Not many states require a 3rd brake light, Calif. is one that does not.

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my spare tire covers like 3/4 of my third brake light so idk if that helps lol
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Went through NJ state high rise inspection last week and was told that it was needed to pass.

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I checked mine, it doesn't work. Maybe someday I will change the bulbs.

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Was the CHMSL another "I-D-ten-T" device? I mean, if you can't see two bright red lamps on the back of a vehicle, what's so different about having three?

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