Q: In north carolina can i drive my car with no bumper. All lights work and are intact
A: GREAT QUESTION
You've stumped this lawyer. North Carolina seems to focus on safety equipment such as lighting, brake lights, windshield wipers (if it's raining), etc. If a bumper wasn't properly affixed/attached and/or about to fall off, law enforcement likely could conduct a stop.
Chapter 20 does not specifically mention the requirement of a bumper, at least as far as I can tell. If someone knows of a General Statute requiring a bumper, please speak up.
A Safety Inspection in NC mentions wheels, tires, sounding horn, lights, emissions, etc. Again, no mention of bumpers:
§ 20-183.3. Scope of safety inspection and emissions inspection.
(a) Safety. - A safety inspection of a motor vehicle consists of an inspection of the following equipment to determine if the vehicle has the equipment required by Part 9 of Article 3 of this Chapter and if the equipment is in a safe operating condition:
(1) Brakes, as required by G.S. 20-124.
(2) Lights, as required by G.S. 20-129 or G.S. 20-129.1.
(3) Horn, as required by G.S. 20-125(a).
(4) Steering mechanism, as required by G.S. 20-123.1.
(5) Windows and windshield wipers, as required by G.S. 20-127. To determine if a vehicle window meets the window tinting restrictions, a safety inspection mechanic must first determine, based on use of an automotive film check card or knowledge of window tinting techniques, if after-factory tint has been applied to the window. If after-factory tint has been applied, the mechanic must use a light meter approved by the Commissioner to determine if the window meets the window tinting restrictions.
(6) Directional signals, as required by G.S. 20-125.1.
(7) Tires, as required by G.S. 20-122.1.
(8) Mirrors, as required by G.S. 20-126.
(9) Exhaust system and emissions control devices, as required by G.S. 20-128. For a vehicle that is subject to an emissions inspection in addition to a safety inspection, a visual inspection of the vehicle's emissions control devices is included in the emissions inspection rather than the safety inspection.
Again, great question!
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A: You may be technically correct--but having stumped the trooper, the trooper may say "well, let's check the rest of your vehicle." And if that's clean, you can bet (s)he'll have a special memory of you, your vehicle, if he lives in your area all the vehicles in your household.
You won the battle! But you forgot not everyone likes a wise guy. Ticket, ticket, ticket, ticket, dripping like rain down your neck.
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