Auxiliary Lighting for Motorcycles

Introduced by Delegate Wilt by Request of VCOM

This bill would allow motorcyclists to utilize LED type auxiliary lights to increases visibility of motorcycles, especially at night. Auxiliary side lighting lessens the chance of a collision caused by an automobile or truck changing lanes into a motorcycle

Several states neighboring Virginia (Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania & West Virginia) have adopted similar legislation in order to increase visibility to motorcycles. There have not been any reported problems associated with this legislation

This bill adopts language recently approved by Illinois. Virginia Code and federal regulation require side lighting for automobiles and trucks but not motorcycles. There is currently no “approved” lighting on the market which is appropriate for most motorcycles.