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Old 02-11-2011, 09:39 PM   #1
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Virginia mirror regulations

LIS > Code of Virginia > 46.2-1082

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No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway in the Commonwealth if the vehicle is not equipped with a mirror which reflects to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of not less than 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle.

No motor vehicle registered in the Commonwealth, designed and licensed primarily for passenger vehicular transportation on the public highways and manufactured after 1968 shall be driven on the highways in the Commonwealth unless equipped with at least one outside and at least one inside rear view mirror meeting the requirements of this section.

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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See, PA laws just state that you need one mirror that can view behind lati da legal jargon... so I can get away with just my rearview. sounds like you need a rearview and (id choose) passenger side side mirror in Virginia.

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See, PA laws just state that you need one mirror that can view behind lati da legal jargon... so I can get away with just my rearview. sounds like you need a rearview and (id choose) passenger side side mirror in Virginia.
that would be correct.
personally, i would do drivers side, but thats cause i know i use my driver side mirror more.
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I have run with no mirrors since summer and at this point, I probably wouldnt use them if I put them back on, just out of habit. I just figure the pasenger side would help because its easier to look over my shoulder on my side then look back on passenger side, if you have people/stuff in the back seat.
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Yep you need atleast 2 mirrors that can see 200ft according to a local police officer.

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Also according to this code:

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Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, no motor vehicle which either has no rear window, or which has a rear window so obstructed as to prevent rearward vision by means of an inside rear view mirror, shall be required to be equipped with an inside rear view mirror if such motor vehicle has horizontally and vertically adjustable outside rear view mirrors installed on both sides of such motor vehicle in such a manner as to provide the driver of such motor vehicle a rearward view along both sides of such motor vehicle for at least 200 feet.
The way that I read this is that I can remove my rear view, so long as I have both side mirrors properly installed. Since my spare results in my view being "so obstructed". I asked an officer friend, who said it would be required, and likely would be a problem at inspection. Am I missing something here?
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The way that I read this is that I can remove my rear view, so long as I have both side mirrors properly installed. Since my spare results in my view being "so obstructed". I asked an officer friend, who said it would be required, and likely would be a problem at inspection. Am I missing something here?
an officer or state safety inspection would not consider your spare tire to be an obstruction in that instance. because you can still technically see around it, even if only a little bit.
when they say obstruction, think of a Uhaul van, one of those big box vans that have a big metal box blocking the view behind you.
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an officer or state safety inspection would not consider your spare tire to be an obstruction in that instance. because you can still technically see around it, even if only a little bit.
when they say obstruction, think of a Uhaul van, one of those big box vans that have a big metal box blocking the view behind you.
I guess. I think i'll go measure 200' behind my Jeep and see if I can see that point on the road beyond my spare...lol. In the meantime, I guess I'll just keep turning it up towards the roof out of my line of sight.
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The way that I read this is that I can remove my rear view, so long as I have both side mirrors properly installed. Since my spare results in my view being "so obstructed". I asked an officer friend, who said it would be required, and likely would be a problem at inspection. Am I missing something here?
You could take it out and pass inspection with no rear window, but you'll have to prove it is right (and still may have to go a few places, cause inspectors 'know' the law, lmfao). The statute says OR obstructed, which you would not qualify as being.... UNLESS.... you put some stickers on the window, or tinted it (no more than 35%). Then you must have side mirrors, and could argue 'obstruction'. Again, you'd have to fight to prove you were in compliance with law, to prove your innocence, in order to gain permission to then take responsibility for operating a legal vehicle.

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Tinting films, signs, decals, and stickers on windshields, etc.; penalties.

A. Except as otherwise provided in this article or permitted by federal law, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle on a highway with any sign, poster, colored or tinted film, sun-shading material, or other colored material on the windshield, front or rear side windows, or rear windows of such motor vehicle. This provision, however, shall not apply to any certificate or other paper required by law or permitted by the Superintendent to be placed on a motor vehicle's windshield or window.

The size of stickers or decals used by counties, cities, and towns in lieu of license plates shall be in compliance with regulations promulgated by the Superintendent. Such stickers shall be affixed on the windshield at a location designated by the Superintendent.


B. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, whenever a motor vehicle is equipped with a mirror on each side of such vehicle, so located as to reflect to the driver of such vehicle a view of the highway for at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle, any or all of the following shall be lawful:

1. To drive a motor vehicle equipped with one optically grooved clear plastic right-angle rear view lens attached to one rear window of such motor vehicle, not exceeding 18 inches in diameter in the case of a circular lens or not exceeding 11 inches by 14 inches in the case of a rectangular lens, which enables the driver of the motor vehicle to view below the line of sight as viewed through the rear window;

2. To have affixed to the rear side windows, rear window or windows of a motor vehicle any sticker or stickers, regardless of size; or

3. To drive a motor vehicle when the driver's clear view of the highway through the rear window or windows is otherwise obstructed.

C. Except as provided in §*46.2-1053 (tinting for medical reasons), but notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, no sun-shading or tinting film may be applied or affixed to any window of a motor vehicle unless such motor vehicle is equipped with a mirror on each side of such motor vehicle, so located as to reflect to the driver of the vehicle a view of the highway for at least 200 feet to the rear of such vehicle, and the sun-shading or tinting film is applied or affixed in accordance with the following:..."
Somehow I passed the all knowing eyes 3 times in my old car with 1 outside mirror & 1 rear view mirror, and 32.5% rear glass.

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