Q&A - Rules for Mounting of Lights?

motorcycleI'm just looking for some information on motorcycles.

Is there a certain distance apart the front and rear signal lights have to be apart, as well as off the ground (how high)? I believe the signals have to be two separate units apart from the head lamps, or tail lamps correct?


The Rules

This will take a fair amount of reading!

The BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations require that the lighting system installed at the time of manufacture must still be present and functional when the vehicle is operated on BC highways.

General lighting requirements

4.02(2) A vehicle on a highway must be equipped with lamps equivalent to those provided by the original manufacturer in accordance with the requirements that applied under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada), or a predecessor to that Act, at the time of vehicle manufacture.

The federal Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1038) Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices (Standard 108) controls how motor vehicles are equipped at the time of manufacture.

Technical Standards Document 108 is a long read, but it tells you how many, how high or low, how big or small and how bright lights have to be. It also includes the separation distances that you asked about.

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