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Virginia Administrative Code
5/28/2022

Chapter 160. Regulations Relating to Standards and Specifications for the Safety Lights for Farm Tractors in Excess of 108 Inches in Width

19VAC30-160-5. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Farm tractor" means every motor vehicle designed and used as a farm, agricultural, or horticultural implement for drawing plows, mowing machines, and other farm, agricultural, or horticultural machinery and implements including self-propelled mowers designed and used for mowing lawns.

"Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel in the Commonwealth, including the streets and alleys, and, for law-enforcement purposes, the entire width between the boundary lines of all private roads or private streets that have been specifically designated "highways" by an ordinance adopted by the governing body of the county, city, or town in which such private roads or streets are located.

"Lighting device" means a flashing warning light to indicate both forward and rearward the presence of agricultural equipment that normally travels at a rate of speed below that of other traffic.

Statutory Authority

§§ 46.2-1005 and 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 15, eff. May 9, 2001.

19VAC30-160-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this standard is to establish specifications for safety lights used on farm tractors and agricultural multipurpose drying units in excess of 108 inches in width which are hauled, propelled, transported or moved on the highway.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 1, eff. February 9, 1994.

19VAC30-160-20. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 2, eff. February 9, 1994; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 15, eff. May 9, 2001.

19VAC30-160-30. General requirements.

This lighting device shall flash at least 60 flashes per minute but not more than 120 flashes per minute when operating. The safety light shall meet the provisions of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Standard J974 (Flashing Warning Light for Agricultural Equipment).

Statutory Authority

§§ 46.2-1005 and 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 3, eff. February 9, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 15, eff. May 9, 2001.

19VAC30-160-40. Test descriptions.

The flashing warning light shall be tested in accordance with the following sections of SAE J575:

Section 3.1—Vibration Test

Section 3.2—Moisture Test

Section 3.3—Dust Exposure Test

Section 3.4—Corrosion Test

Section 3.5—Photometry Test

Section 3.6—Warpage Test on Devices with Plastic Components.

Statutory Authority

§§ 46.2-1005 and 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 4, eff. February 9, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 15, eff. June 1, 2001.

19VAC30-160-45. Test requirements.

The flashing warning light shall meet the requirements of the following sections of SAE J575 as applicable:

Section 4.1—Vibration Test Requirements

Section 4.2—Water Spray Test Requirements

Section 4.3—Water Submersion Test Requirements

Section 4.4—Dust Exposure Test Requirements

Section 4.5—Corrosion Test Requirements

Section 4.6—Photometry Design and Performance Requirements

Section 4.7—Warpage Test Requirements.

Statutory Authority

§§ 46.2-1005 and 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 15, eff. May 9, 2001.

19VAC30-160-50. Color.

The color of this warning lamp shall be amber in accordance with SAE J578.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 5, eff. February 9, 1994.

19VAC30-160-60. Proof of compliance.

Safety lights for use on farm tractors must be identified as meeting the provisions of SAE J974 or be approved for use by the Superintendent of the Department of State Police as outlined in § 46.2-1005 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR545-01-17 § 6, eff. February 9, 1994.

Forms (19VAC30-160-9999)

Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J575, June 1992.

Society of Automotive Engineers Standard J974, June 1993.

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