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House Bill 484 - Multi-wheeled tractor lighting and marking:

House Bill 484 - Multi-wheeled tractor lighting and marking:
The Ohio Revised Code requires all agricultural equipment to operate with required lighting from sunset to sunrise or when there is insufficient light to render discernible persons, vehicles, and substantial objects at a distance of 1000 feet ahead. This is a change from the old law that required lighting from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.

Effective October 5, 2001, the Ohio Revised Code requires multi-wheeled agricultural tractors to additionally display the following lighting and marking from sunset to sunrise.

Two flashing amber lamps visible to the front and to the rear mounted within 16 inches of the left and right extremities of the machine and between 3.3 and 12 feet above the ground.

Two red reflective strips visible to the rear and two amber reflective strips visible to the front mounted within 16 inches of the left and right extremities of the machine and between 3.3 and 12 feet above the ground (in conjunction with amber flashing lights). Reflective strips must be 2 by 4.5 inches in size for vehicles 6.7 feet wide or less and 2 by 9 inches in size for vehicles wider than 6.7 feet.

Effective farm machinery model year 2002 and later, the Ohio Revised Code requires that machinery must be equipped with and display lighting and marking that meets or exceeds that required by ASABE standard 279.10. Older equipment is not affected; however, new equipment lighting and marking must be maintained.