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Old 04-12-2012, 09:30 AM   #21
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SLPD has eyeballed and tailed me several times. You are not alone, so don't be paranoid. Watch their speed traps in school zones!!
or how about , don't speed through school zones....
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I'm all black and usually split thru hwy6 under heavy traffic.

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sounds like a problem the police officer could have fixed for you by turning on his headlights. thus you would have had a "taillight" on your license plate. sounds like the officer is somewhat at fault and needs to split the ticket with you.

just of course going by the literal meaning of the law... not the implied...
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If I were a cop and saw a motorcyclist with his license plate mounted sideways or curled or partly hidden, I'd think that he was trying to hide something, or at the very least, disrespecting Texas/law. Like it or not, cops profile and if you push the right buttons, you will get harassed.
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If I were a cop and saw a motorcyclist with his license plate mounted sideways or curled or partly hidden, I'd think that he was trying to hide something, or at the very least, disrespecting Texas/law. Like it or not, cops profile and if you push the right buttons, you will get harassed.
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Me too lol. If I was a cop, I'd be giving the ricers a lot of tickets
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Wrong section of the transportation code... here is lighting pertinant to motorcycles:

Sec. 547.801. LIGHTING EQUIPMENT. (a) A motorcycle, including a motor-driven cycle, shall be equipped with:
(1) not more than two headlamps mounted at a height from 24 to 54 inches;
(2) at least one taillamp mounted at a height from 20 to 72 inches;
(3) a taillamp or separate lamp to illuminate the rear license plate that complies with the requirements of Sections 547.322(f) and (g);
(4) at least one stoplamp that complies with the requirements of Section 547.323(d); and
(5) at least one rear red reflector that complies with the requirements of Section 547.325(b) and may be included as a part of the taillamp.
(b) A motorcycle, other than a motor-driven cycle, shall be equipped with multiple-beam lighting equipment that produces:
(1) an uppermost distribution of light that reveals a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 300 feet ahead; and
(2) a lowermost distribution of light that:
(A) reveals a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 150 feet ahead; and
(B) is aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam on the motorcycle that is on a straight and level road under any condition of loading projects into the eyes of an approaching vehicle operator.
(c) A motor-driven cycle shall be equipped with:
(1) multiple-beam lighting equipment that complies with the requirements of Subsection (b); or
(2) single-beam lighting equipment that:
(A) emits light sufficient to reveal a person or vehicle:
(i) at a distance of at least 100 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed less than 25 miles per hour;
(ii) at a distance of at least 200 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed of 25 miles per hour or more; and
(iii) at a distance of at least 300 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed of 35 miles per hour or more; and
(B) is aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam from the lamp on a loaded cycle projects a beam higher than the level center of the lamp for a distance of 25 feet ahead.
(d) A motorcycle may not be operated at any time unless at least one headlamp on the motorcycle is illuminated. This subsection does not apply to a motorcycle manufactured before the model year 1975.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 782, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1022, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
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Wrong section of the transportation code... here is lighting pertinant to motorcycles:

Sec. 547.801. LIGHTING EQUIPMENT. (a) A motorcycle, including a motor-driven cycle, shall be equipped with:
(1) not more than two headlamps mounted at a height from 24 to 54 inches;
(2) at least one taillamp mounted at a height from 20 to 72 inches;
(3) a taillamp or separate lamp to illuminate the rear license plate that complies with the requirements of Sections 547.322(f) and (g);
(4) at least one stoplamp that complies with the requirements of Section 547.323(d); and
(5) at least one rear red reflector that complies with the requirements of Section 547.325
(b) and may be included as a part of the taillamp.
(b) A motorcycle, other than a motor-driven cycle, shall be equipped with multiple-beam lighting equipment that produces:
(1) an uppermost distribution of light that reveals a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 300 feet ahead; and
(2) a lowermost distribution of light that:
(A) reveals a person or vehicle at a distance of at least 150 feet ahead; and
(B) is aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam on the motorcycle that is on a straight and level road under any condition of loading projects into the eyes of an approaching vehicle operator.
(c) A motor-driven cycle shall be equipped with:
(1) multiple-beam lighting equipment that complies with the requirements of Subsection (b); or
(2) single-beam lighting equipment that:
(A) emits light sufficient to reveal a person or vehicle:
(i) at a distance of at least 100 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed less than 25 miles per hour;
(ii) at a distance of at least 200 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed of 25 miles per hour or more; and
(iii) at a distance of at least 300 feet when the cycle is operated at a speed of 35 miles per hour or more; and
(B) is aimed so that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam from the lamp on a loaded cycle projects a beam higher than the level center of the lamp for a distance of 25 feet ahead.
(d) A motorcycle may not be operated at any time unless at least one headlamp on the motorcycle is illuminated. This subsection does not apply to a motorcycle manufactured before the model year 1975.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 782, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1022, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

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i have been stopped for license plate light several times.
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I think the "focus" on license plate visibility came about because of two things:

1. Tollroad EZTag lane cameras

2. Redlight cams

The second died down after the redline cams got voted out of existence in Houston metro, but I believe other municipalities (sugarland for example) still operate them.

Basically, if your plate is not easy picked up by the overhead cams, the EZtag and redlight cam readers might not be able to identify the violators. It's all about the Money, folks.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #32
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I want to share that I just removed the stock license plate holder, light, and turn signals on my bike and made my own fender eliminator and installed integrated turn signals.

I looked into the Texas DOT laws prior and you do have to have a license plate light, and it must only be a WHITE light. You ended up buying some bolt led lights like what I did. I installed the inspection sticker sideways on the license plate, by cutting it out of the fender that was installed prior. Something I never see on fender eliminators is a spot for inspection stickers to go. Technically your supposed to have it visible on the back.

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^ can you show a side shot?

is that plate vertical or nearly horizontal?
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #34
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Horizontal-ish. lol, about the exact opposite as mine. Mine points back, his points in.

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FYI, inspection is different per state, so no one makes anything but the little add-on inspection plates for kits.
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exactly... but it limits those sections to stuff applicable to motorcycles... like how that section specifies 2 tail lights... this says single stop light THAT COMPLIES WITH ______

but same idea regardless

and plate visibility is always discretionary... I'm sure there are some cops that would try to say the factory mounts aren't visible... that's what judges are for... just use your best judgement and try not to off the cops and you'll be alright
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If I were a cop and saw a motorcyclist with his license plate mounted sideways or curled or partly hidden, I'd think that he was trying to hide something, or at the very least, disrespecting Texas/law. Like it or not, cops profile and if you push the right buttons, you will get harassed.
Mine is curved and sideways. I always though it was due to my aftermarket swingarm though.
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I want to share that I just removed the stock license plate holder, light, and turn signals on my bike and made my own fender eliminator and installed integrated turn signals.

I looked into the Texas DOT laws prior and you do have to have a license plate light, and it must only be a WHITE light. You ended up buying some bolt led lights like what I did. I installed the inspection sticker sideways on the license plate, by cutting it out of the fender that was installed prior. Something I never see on fender eliminators is a spot for inspection stickers to go. Technically your supposed to have it visible on the back.

Law or misconception? Rear License Plate Lighting
I'm pretty sure the law is written that it has to be near the plate. I'm nearly 100% sure it DOES NOT SAY visible from rear.
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I'm pretty sure the law is written that it has to be near the plate. I'm nearly 100% sure it DOES NOT SAY visible from rear.
yeah that would be too much common sense for a law, lol

all these jacked up plates are just "asking to be harassed", so no whining when it happens please.
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