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Q. How far can a platform stick out past the rear bumper,without putting on lights?

Dear Juneau Resident,

Good question! This turned out to be quite a research project for a Monday. Now that the ordinance reading muscles are flexed, here you go...

The City and Bureau of Juneau lighting ordinances for taillights and reflectors basically say that in your situation the taillights can be under the platform as long as they are unobstructed and visible at 1,000 feet at night. Two or more reflectors need to be on the rear most portion of any permanent structure attached to the vehicle. If the platform is not a permanent structure and extends more than four feet past the bumper see 72.04.040 for additional lighting and flagging requirements. The complete ordinances about taillights, reflectors and extended loads are are attached below.

72.04.025 - Taillights.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a vehicle must be equipped with at least two taillights mounted at the same level, as widely spaced laterally as practicable, and as low as practicable, but not less than 20 inches above the roadway on the rear, so that when lighted such taillights emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 1,000 feet to the rear.

72.04.030 - Reflectors.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter or 13 AAC 04, a vehicle must have on the rear, either as a part of the taillights or separately, two or more red reflectors mounted at a height not less than 20 inches, except that if the highest part of the permanent structure of the vehicle is less than 24 inches, the reflector must be mounted as high as that part of the permanent structure will permit. The reflectors must be as widely spaced laterally as practicable, and be visible at night from all distances within 600 feet of the vehicle.


Lights or flags on loads projecting to rear of vehicles. When the load upon a vehicle extends four feet or more beyond the rear bed or body of the vehicle, two red taillights and two red reflectors visible to the rear must be illuminated during the times specified in section 72.04.010, and located to indicate maximum width. On each side, one red light visible from a distance of at least 600 feet to the side and located so as to indicate maximum overhang must also be illuminated. At all other times, red flags, at least 12 inches square, must be displayed marking the extremities of the load at each point where a light would otherwise be required by this section.


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