Quick Answer: Are Pulsing Brake Lights Legal?

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If you check the Federal Vehicle Motor Safety Standards…

Strobing / flashing brake lights are NOT legal.

Brake lights must be steady burning ONLY..

Can you have blinking brake lights?

The idea is to warn following drivers of a sudden stop from cars ahead. But U.S. government regulators say brake lights are allowed to do only one thing: glow more brightly than the taillights. Flashing is off-limits. … Video screens that show moving images while the car is moving forward aren’t allowed.

NOT legal in Connecticut: Click to expand… The way it’s written, it seems to state that the flashing lights must not be visible from the front of the vehicle (i.e. placed in the grille, on dash, or on top). As written, brake lights would seem to fit in.

Flashing lights are prohibited on motor vehicles, motorcycles and motor-drawn vehicles except as a means for indicating a right or left turn; provided, however, any vehicle may be equipped with lamps for the purpose of warning the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the …

Trooper Steve says it’s possible. “Yes, brake lights that are indicated by a red continuous flashing light could receive a ticket,” Montiero said. There are other types of brake lights that may not necessarily be illegal, but still could cause confusion on the road, so it may be best to avoid them.

Transport Canada says UN regulations do allow brake lights to flash in case of high deceleration braking – and they’re permitted to flash faster than turn signals or hazard lights. … There are no plans to change the law, but Transport Canada is working with the U.S. to update lighting rules, Durette says.

Why do some cars have flashing brake lights?

In fact, flashing brake lights are sometimes OE (original equipment) for some car companies. European manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have models that come with brake lights that can flash. The reason for that is that is to create a visual distinction between slowing down and an emergency full stop.

As long as they don’t keep on flashing; ie after 3 or 4 flashes at a stop they stay on steady, But then who’s counting. Most Cops won’t stop you for that Unless your doing something else to get their attention.

Is a blinking third brake light illegal?

The flashing third brake light is not legal. Depending on where the vehicle is inspected, the “inspector” may or may not look at it, and if he does, may or may not give it a pass.