Every vehicle subject to registration under this code shall at all times be equipped
with red reflectors mounted on the rear as follows:
(a) Every vehicle shall be equipped with at least one reflector so maintained as to
be plainly visible at night from all distances within 350 to 100 feet from the vehicle
when directly in front of the lawful upper headlamp beams.
(b) Every vehicle, other than a motorcycle or a low-speed vehicle, manufactured and first registered on or after January 1, 1965, shall be equipped
with at least two reflectors meeting the visibility requirements of subdivision (a),
except that trailers and semitrailers manufactured after July 23, 1973, that are less than 30 inches wide, may be equipped with one reflector which shall be mounted
at or near the vertical centerline of the trailer. If the vehicle is equipped with two reflectors, they shall be mounted as specified
in subdivision (d).
(c) Every motortruck having an unladen weight of more than 5,000 pounds, every trailer
coach, every camp trailer, every vehicle, or vehicle at the end of a combination of
vehicles, subject to subdivision (a) of Section 22406, and every vehicle 80 or more inches in width manufactured on or after January 1,
1969, shall be equipped with at least two reflectors maintained so as to be plainly
visible at night from all distances within 600 feet to 100 feet from the vehicle when
directly in front of lawful upper headlamp beams.
(d) When more than one reflector is required, at least one shall be mounted at the
left side and one at the right side, respectively, at the same level. Required reflectors shall be mounted not lower than 15 inches nor higher than 60
inches, except that a tow truck, in addition to being equipped with the required reflectors,
may also be equipped with two reflectors which may be mounted not lower than 15 inches
nor higher than the maximum allowable vehicle height and as far forward as the rearmost
portion of the driver's seat in the rearmost position. Additional reflectors of a type meeting requirements established by the department
may be mounted at any height.
(e) Reflectors on truck tractors may be mounted on the rear of the cab. Any reflector installed on a vehicle as part of its original equipment prior to
January 1, 1941, need not meet the requirements of the department provided it meets
the visibility requirements of subdivision (a).
(f) Area reflectorizing material may be used in lieu of the reflectors required or
permitted in subdivisions (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e), provided each installation
is of sufficient size to meet the photometric requirement for those reflectors.
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