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11.14.02.01

.01 Applicability.

A. The standards, requirements and procedures set forth in this chapter are applicable to equipment originally installed by the manufacturer or required by federal or State requirements on passenger cars, taxicabs, light trucks 10,000 pounds and under GVWR, vans, multipurpose passenger vehicles with a chassis capacity up to 10,000 pounds, and type II school vehicles. Any questions regarding passenger cars, taxicabs, light trucks, vans, multipurpose passenger vehicles with a chassis capacity up to 10,000 pounds, and type II school vehicle standards or specifications shall be referred to the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division of the Maryland State Police. Any person constructing or reconstructing these types of vehicles shall assure the vehicle meets or exceeds all applicable federal or State safety standards.

B. Three-wheel multipurpose vehicles which have an enclosed occupant compartment shall meet all established minimum standards for four-wheel multipurpose vehicles with the exception of headlamps. If a three-wheel multipurpose vehicle which has an enclosed occupant compartment is constructed with one wheel in the front and the design of the vehicle's body is such that two headlamps are impractical, one headlamp meeting established minimum standards for motorcycles will be acceptable if the vehicle is equipped with parking lamps, turn signal lamps, and side marker lamps, as required, which adequately indicate the extreme width of the vehicle front and rear.

C. Vehicles specially constructed as an exact replica of a previously manufactured vehicle, which have been designated or otherwise would qualify as an historic vehicle or a vehicle of unique interest as defined by the Motor Vehicle Administration for registration of these original vehicles, shall meet all applicable established minimum standards for vehicles of the same model year in which the vehicle is actually constructed and titled with the following exceptions:

(1) Regulation 10A(2)(c), side marker lamps: If the original counterpart of the specially constructed vehicle was manufactured without side marker lamps, side marker lamps are not required on the exact replica;

(2) Regulation .08A: If the original counterpart of the specially constructed vehicle was manufactured without fenders or with fenders which do not meet current established minimum standards, the specially constructed vehicle need only conform to the exact design of its original counterpart to meet the requirements for fenders;

(3) Regulation .07A: If the original counterpart of the specially constructed vehicle was manufactured without bumpers, with concealed bumpers, or with bumpers which do not meet current established minimum standards, the specially constructed vehicle need only conform to the exact design of its original counterpart to meet the requirements for bumpers;

(4) Regulation .10A(1)(c)(iv), red high mounted stop lamp: If the original counterpart of the specially constructed vehicle was manufactured without a red high mounted stop lamp, a red high mounted stop lamp is not required on the exact replica; and

(5) The Division Commander may authorize in writing a waiver of additional inspection requirements to be consistent with the original vehicle counterpart.

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