A-Pillar Spots

Posted by: MiCVPI

A-Pillar Spots - 01/29/12 04:22 PM

I live in Michigan and will be spending some time in the Windsor, Lakeshore, Essex, Belle River areas. My car has dual spots. Should I take them off my car before traveling to Canada or will I be okay? I've done some digging, here and on the net, regarding the legalities of these on cars in Ontario, but I can't find much. I don't want to be bothered or hassled.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by: 2004_p71

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 01/30/12 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: BigNSlow
They aren't illegal in Ontario.

same in quebec but cops just dont like it and will pull you over to tell you that they are illegal Wich is not the case.
they will just lie to you because no police cars has them in quebec
Posted by: MiCVPI

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 01/30/12 11:23 PM

Thanks guys!
Posted by: 2004_p71

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 02/07/12 07:00 AM

wow the law is very specefic
Posted by: MiCVPI

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 02/10/12 11:17 PM

Originally Posted By: BigNSlow
Just wanted to reiterate on this. You can have only one spot light in Ontario.

Quote:
Spotlamps

(22) No motor vehicle, other than a public utility emergency vehicle, shall be equipped with more than one spotlamp and every lighted spotlamp shall be so directed, upon approaching or upon the approach of another vehicle, that no part of the high intensity portion of the beam from the lamp will be directed to the left of the prolongation of the extreme left side, nor more than thirty metres ahead, of the vehicle to which it is attached. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 62 (22).


http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm#BK120


Wow. Thanks for going the extra mile and posting that. I like factual information and it doesn't get more factual than that! Wouldn't want to cause an international incident. lol
Posted by: Veikra

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 03/04/12 06:04 AM

So totally legal as long as they aren't lighted. Nice to know, sick of lying cops.
Posted by: mattmayhem

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/16/12 07:19 PM

Originally Posted By: 2004_p71
Originally Posted By: BigNSlow
They aren't illegal in Ontario.

same in quebec but cops just dont like it and will pull you over to tell you that they are illegal Wich is not the case.
they will just lie to you because no police cars has them in quebec


Actually saw the first ever spotlight on a patrol car in Quebec (besides RCMP). whatever police force patrols beloeil area seems to do alot of revenue generation, they had really nice new CVPIs with LED lights, reflective decals and the full antenna array...and dual spotlights. Atfirst I thought it was an American police car lost!
Was suprised to see such a "nice" CVPI in Quebec.


Posted by: 2004_p71

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/16/12 08:58 PM

wow it,s the first time I see spotlight other than régie municipale rivière nord who had one spotlight.
Posted by: mattmayhem

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/16/12 09:09 PM

I'm suprised SQ doesnt have them. I wouldin't want to make traffic stops on dark highways without them to illuminate the passengers.
Posted by: 2004_p71

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/18/12 07:17 PM

Originally Posted By: mattmayhem
I'm suprised SQ doesnt have them. I wouldin't want to make traffic stops on dark highways without them to illuminate the passengers.

SQ is always few years back on everything.

the finaly switched the good old code 3 MX7000 lightbars few years ago to go with LEDS and they just added last year some push bumper....
oh well maybe will will see that on the new charger
Posted by: mattmayhem

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/18/12 08:03 PM

Originally Posted By: 2004_p71
Originally Posted By: mattmayhem
I'm suprised SQ doesnt have them. I wouldin't want to make traffic stops on dark highways without them to illuminate the passengers.

SQ is always few years back on everything.

the finaly switched the good old code 3 MX7000 lightbars few years ago to go with LEDS and they just added last year some push bumper....
oh well maybe will will see that on the new charger


Except I think spotlights have been around for ALOT longer than LEDs...I'm sure they've had spotlights since the 50ies for cop cars. I am sure it is because they are afraid someone will sue them saying they aren't road legal or something.
Posted by: 2004_p71

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/18/12 09:25 PM

Originally Posted By: mattmayhem

Except I think spotlights have been around for ALOT longer than LEDs...I'm sure they've had spotlights since the 50ies for cop cars. I am sure it is because they are afraid someone will sue them saying they aren't road legal or something.


One thing for sure is that they will give you a hard time if you have them and even more if they are on for what ever reason..tey will take a look at the csr and say you will get the ticket in the mail..wich you will never do because there arent any laws abouth this
Posted by: flyboy

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/18/12 09:34 PM

FYI spotlights have been around for a LONG time. My first car was 1946 Oldsmobile 76 2 door. I bought it in 1953 from the Chevy dealer I had started working for . It had a spotlight on the "A" pillar. Real handy for picking on "neckers" in the mountains. Traded it for a 1951 Studebaker 4 door with V/8.
Posted by: 2007CrownVic

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 05/19/12 04:43 PM

Gatineau police cars have them.
Posted by: Senor_BigVic

Re: A-Pillar Spots - 02/16/14 12:23 PM

Wait, so I can use my spotlight while driving as long as it's not pointed further than 30 metres ahead of my car and not shining into oncoming traffic?

Maybe I'll keep mine on if that's the case... It would definitely help to be able to use it during low-visibility conditions. At least until I get some fog lights.