Legally Having a Shielded/Obscured Tail-lamp/Stop-lamp
Hi there, this is a two(and-a-half)-part question, any knowledge is much appreciated
- In the eyes of the law, if a Tail-lamp/Stop-lamp is “shielded, covered or obscured by any part of the vehicle or load or by dirt or other material” is the Tail-lamp/Stop-lamp in question considered non-existent?
- If so,
if an additional set of Tail-lamps/Stop-lamps (non-OEM) are purchased, installed and follow the regulations of a regular Tail-lamp/Stop-lamp:
- Being visible at an angle of 45° from the longitudinal axis of the motor vehicle
- Capable of displaying only red light visible from a distance of 100 m to the rear of the vehicle in normal sunlight
- Mounted higher than 38cm and lower than 1.83m
- Mounted on the extreme right and left rear of the vehicle.
Is it then legally okay to have the original Tail-lamps/Stop-lamps “shielded, covered or obscured by any part of the vehicle or load or by dirt or other material?”
If not, are there alternative ways to driving with a Tail-lamp/Stop-lamp described in question one legally?
To my understanding only two legal Tail-lamps/Stop-lamps can be working at a given time (with an optional third middle one).
My research and quotes mostly coming from these two links:
Thank you kindly for your knowledge and time.