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Old 02-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Third Brake Light Required in Florida?

This came up in another thread and I didn't know the answer so I thought I would ask in the Florida forum. Is the third brake light legally required in Florida?


I came across this thread, but it didn't seem to address the third brake light issue: Florida Laws


I'd like to remove or maybe replace the third brake light with something else, maybe something like the Delta lug nut lights, but I'm not sure it would be a legal replacement: Delta Tech 01-6581-50 - Delta Waterproof Lug Nut Light for Aftermarket Swing Spare Tire - Quadratec

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To my knowledge it is a Federal law not a State law.

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #3
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That's interesting. Someone claimed it wasn't required in Texas, but then i guess Texas does claim independence from the rest of the country.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:18 AM   #4
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Just to clear this up. Florida requires by statute, TWO working brake lights. The lights must be red in color and visible from 300 feet during the day time.

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Just to clear this up. Florida requires by statute, TWO working brake lights. The lights must be red in color and visible from 300 feet during the day time.

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Old 02-24-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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I removed my third brake light about a year ago and I haven't had any issues or been stopped for it. eventually I'd like to do the lug nuts or something else inside the spare mount but... that's way off in the distance.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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my 3rd light has been out for atleast 3 months, i'll fix it eventually, haven't been stopped yet.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #8
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My YJ or TJ don't have 3rd brake lights.
And thats been 2.5 years without one.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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Good friend of mine is a deputy in the sheriffs department in Hillsborough county. He said only 2 working lights are required.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:49 PM   #10
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YES YOU CAN! Just did it last night! lol

Florida requires this:
Lights:

Your car must have the following lights:
  • Bright (high-beam) headlights which show objects 450 feet ahead.
  • Dimmed (low-beam) headlights which show objects 150 feet ahead.
  • Two red taillights mounted on the rear, visible from 1,000 feet.
  • A white light that makes the license plate visible from 50 feet (The plate must be kept clean).
  • Two red stoplights. They must be seen from 300 feet in the daytime, and must come on when the foot brake is pressed.
(source: State of Florida.com - Vehicle Guide)


As a side note, this must have been changed recently, you only need 1 rear facing mirror ("Mirrors: Your car must have at least one rearview mirror which gives a view of the highway at least 200 feet to the rear.", same source).
That means you can remove the doors with NO side mirrors as long as your windshield mirror is intact. I bought my Jeep in Oct of 1994 (1995 model). At that time, FL statute stated 2 rear facing mirrors, guess its 1 now! lol)


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Good info, I want to take my spare off since it is to small anyways, but did not want to keep the 3rd light.
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WRONG!! according to FL statue you only need one lamp, regardless of what they recommend you have the law states LAMP OR LAMPS. nowhere does it state you have to have two.


The 2014 Florida Statutes

Title XXIII
MOTOR VEHICLES Chapter 316
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316.234 Signal lamps and signal devices.ó
(1) Any vehicle may be equipped and, when required under this chapter, shall be equipped with a STOP LAMP OR LAMPS on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red or amber light, visible from a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight, and which shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake, and which may but need not be incorporated with one or more other rear lamps. An object, material, or covering that alters the stop lampís visibility from 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight may not be placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied over a stop lamp.
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The only mention of two taillights is listed here but this is for "DRAWN" vehicles or trailers etc.

316.221 Taillamps.—
(1) Every motor vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, and pole trailer, and any other vehicle which is being drawn at the end of a combination of vehicles, shall be equipped with at least two taillamps mounted on the rear, which, when lighted as required in s. 316.217, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 1,000 feet to the rear, except that passenger cars and pickup trucks manufactured or assembled prior to January 1, 1972, which were originally equipped with only one taillamp shall have at least one taillamp. On a combination of vehicles, only the taillamps on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified. On vehicles equipped with more than one taillamp, the lamps shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable. An object, material, or covering that alters the taillamp’s visibility from 1,000 feet may not be placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied over a taillamp.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:35 PM   #14
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WRONG!! according to FL statue you only need one lamp, regardless of what they recommend you have the law states LAMP OR LAMPS. nowhere does it state you have to have two.


The 2014 Florida Statutes

Title XXIII
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316.234 Signal lamps and signal devices.ó
(1) Any vehicle may be equipped and, when required under this chapter, shall be equipped with a STOP LAMP OR LAMPS on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red or amber light, visible from a distance of not less than 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight, and which shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake, and which may but need not be incorporated with one or more other rear lamps. An object, material, or covering that alters the stop lampís visibility from 300 feet to the rear in normal sunlight may not be placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied over a stop lamp.
So, if only one brake light comes on, you're not breaking the law in Florida?

Try quoting this statute to a cop and see what happens, though.
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my 3rd light has been out for atleast 3 months, i'll fix it eventually, haven't been stopped yet.


I removed mine when I bought my Jeep, never had a problem yet.

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