This San Francisco Taxi Cab “Knows” That It’s Raining, So Why Aren’t Its Headlights On Per California Law?

Seems that this would be easy to wire up, you know, wipers on = headlights on.

(My aging Toyota has Daytime Running Lights but they don’t cut the mustard in CA when it’s raining.)

Anyway, just asking, beleaguered SF cab industry…

V C Section 24400 Headlamps on Motor Vehicles

Headlamps on Motor Vehicles

24400.  (a) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be equipped with at least two headlamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, and, except as to vehicles registered prior to January 1, 1930, they shall be located directly above or in advance of the front axle of the vehicle. The headlamps and every light source in any headlamp unit shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 22 inches.

(b) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be operated during darkness, or inclement weather, or both, with at least two lighted headlamps that comply with subdivision (a).

(c) As used in subdivision (b), “inclement weather” is a weather condition that is either of the following:

(1) A condition that prevents a driver of a motor vehicle from clearly discerning a person or another motor vehicle on the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet.

(2) A condition requiring the windshield wipers to be in continuous use due to rain, mist, snow, fog, or other precipitation or atmospheric moisture.

Added Sec. 2, Ch. 415, Stats. 2004. Effectve January 1, 2005. Operative July 1, 2005.

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3 Responses to “This San Francisco Taxi Cab “Knows” That It’s Raining, So Why Aren’t Its Headlights On Per California Law?”

  1. Rkeezy says:

    Perhaps his wipers were set on intermittent, thus not requiring the use of headlights?

  2. ann says:

    Driving 101 up and down the Peninsula in the recent rain at least half the vehicles I saw were using wipers but no headlights on, maybe more than half. It was bad. I guess it’s been too long since the last rain and people forgot. I was thinking the CHP or Caltrans ought to use those lighted message boards to remind people. Or make tv and radio announcements.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Yeah this was on the 101 on Sunday. IIRC, it was raining pretty hard. But intermittent wipers = no lights required, that’s true

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