Did You Know HD Pickups Can’t Have Amber Roof Lights In California

Some heavy duty trucks like the Ford Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Ram 2500 and 3500 typically have small amber and red lights on their roofs. If you are ever wondering why it is because of a federal rule that makes this lighting mandatory on vehicles over 80 inches wide. The wider rear fenders of these pickups generally make them apply to this regulation. People from GM Authority discovered a strange exception to this however.

Apparently, a California motor vehicle rule makes these lamps illegal for a somewhat trivial reason given their use elsewhere in America. The code for the great state of the West Coast indicates that the so-called “light bars” may not have illumination emitting amber, red, blue, or any combination of these colors. To the layman, individual roof mounted lamps may not seem to meet the definition of a “light bar,” but regulators feel different.

Not being able to show red and blue lights is a fairly common rule in the United States, as these are the colors used by emergency services like police and firefighters. Regulators don’t want to confuse motorists by allowing other vehicles to show these nuances.

Fortunately, some members of the Motor1.com The team is from California and has additional information. People who monitor parking meters drive vehicles with amber lights. So it makes sense that the state doesn’t want other vehicles on the road with this lighting.

“For example, in California, local regulations require that our single rear wheel Sierra HD trucks not be offered with orange roof clearance lights,” a GMC spokesperson said. GM Authority.

There is a similar situation with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Edition (gallery above) as it comes with amber roof lights. Chevy does not sell this special model in California.

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