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Old 09-03-2011, 08:44 PM   #15
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In NYS all "Trailers" must have lighted tags, so the interpretation if not the letter of the law would apply to a toad also I would guess.

I had not considered this in my decision whether to tie into the factory tail light circuit vs. "add-on" tail light bulbs. Good reason to go with the former, since it's also a bit of added safety to have a center light.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #16
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Doesn't "can't be driven under its own power" mean a vehicle that doesn't run due to some mechanical defect?
I think a "toad" that's had some part of its systems purposely disabled so it can be towed is still an "able-bodied" vehicle, and subject to laws that govern them.

Well, you might think that but the law says "Can not be driven under it's own power" so if the right half axle is not connected to the wheel (power wise FWD) it's the same, legally as if the axle is broke.

or if the drive shaft is incapable of transferring power to the rear axle on a RWD.

Lube pumps.. Don't acomplish that.

Still, on the towed I had (Axle lock equipped) the plate WAS lit by the tail light circuit so it was lit when I towed.
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If you are towing 'it', no matter what 'it' is, 'it' has to have a current tag and the tag must be lit in Virginia. You may be able to get it thrown out in court but you will be stopped and probably get a citation if you can't get the tag light working.
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Well, you might think that but the law says "Can not be driven under it's own power" so if the right half axle is not connected to the wheel (power wise FWD) it's the same, legally as if the axle is broke.

or if the drive shaft is incapable of transferring power to the rear axle on a RWD.

Lube pumps.. Don't acomplish that.

Still, on the towed I had (Axle lock equipped) the plate WAS lit by the tail light circuit so it was lit when I towed.
Thanks- I think I get it!

Oh, who am I kidding?
Here's me pretending I understand the law- any law!
Truth is, everything I know about The Law,
I've learned from The Trooper that gave me The Ticket!

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