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Unread 06-30-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
krawler510
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Thumbs down Maryland Vehicle Laws

Got a Safety Equipment Repair Order for the tires sticking out too far on my Jeep last weekend. That was the sole reason for being pulled over.

Any other MD, or specifically Baltimore people had issues with this?

Still having trouble finding a law stating that the fenders need to be covered except in a a list of things to fail inspection for:

Fail if: 3 Fender does not extend outward from the body to cover the top of wheel and tire.

That's it, in the piles of vehicle law I've gone through.

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Unread 08-11-2014, 06:55 PM   #2
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That sucks dude, I've heard for many years that it was somewhere in the law saying you can't have the tires stick out beyond the fender but never actually went looking for it. It is also illegal in Maryland to add ANY suspension modifications or to have the vehicle sit higher than X inches from the ground but everyone does it and never get caught for it. Just a matter of cops being bored or trying to find a reason to pull you over in hopes of finding better violations of the law. Good luck.
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Unread 08-16-2014, 11:17 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure it's illegal to make any changes to safety equipment, like bumpers.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 05:24 AM   #4
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You can make changes, but they need to be within original equipment specs.

This may help:

Flares:
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/get...1.14.02.08.htm

Bumper Height:
http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/get...1.14.02.07.htm

For flares - need to cover the top of the tire and extend to or past the horizontal plane of the tire. They cannot be extended (2 piece) to go past the plane, need to be a one piece. Also note the reference to flaps if flares are "impractical".

For bumper - depends on the class of the car, so either 20" or 28" (likely 28 for a jeep) from road to bottom of the bumper - again, looks like it needs to be one piece or you'll likely fail.

State vehicle inspection requirements are state laws only they are not criminal misdemeanors or felony offenses. - this is why a police officer can pull you over and give you a citation for a brake light or the infamous license plate light being out.
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Unread 08-17-2014, 10:40 AM   #5
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The horizontal plane rule is broken by factory pick up trucks.

And yeah, bumper limit is 28".
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Unread 08-18-2014, 05:42 PM   #6
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How many of you guys were around back in the '80's when the original "bumper" law was passed? It was a basic law, no bumper could be more than 28" off of the ground for any passenger vehicle/light truck. Nothing was exempt. I had a '84 Yota pick up with the stock tires ( 235 75 15), my front bumper was 30" off of the ground. I never had a single hassle until I went to a 30" tall BFG A/T, suddenly my truck was being pulled over for being "lifted" even though it was stock height.
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Unread 08-19-2014, 12:20 PM   #7
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When I lived in Oregon the two things that always got me ands friends pulled over were no mud flaps and that cursed license plate light being out. Amazingly they seemed to ignore the speeding.

I don't recall the bumper thing in the 80's...but then I was not driving yet.
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