State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/22/2021, by Rep. Jawaharial Williams


625 ILCS 5/12-207  from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-207
625 ILCS 5/12-609  from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-609

    Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Requires that the sale of a motor vehicle that bears equipment, markings, or other indicia of police authority include the removal of all spot lamps from the vehicle prior to delivery of that vehicle.

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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Sections 12-207 and 12-609 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/12-207)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-207)
7    Sec. 12-207. Spot lamps and auxiliary driving lamps.
8    (a) Except as provided in Section 12-609, any Any motor
9vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed one spot lamp and
10every lighted spot lamp shall be so aimed and used upon
11approaching another vehicle that no part of the high-intensity
12portion of the beam will be directed to the left of the
13prolongation of the extreme left side of the vehicle nor more
14than 100 feet ahead of the vehicle.
15    (b) Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed
16three auxiliary driving lamps mounted on the front at a height
17not less than 12 inches nor more than 42 inches above the level
18surface upon which the vehicle stands.
19    (c) The restrictions of subsections 12-207 (a) and 12-207
20(b) of this Act shall not apply to authorized emergency
21vehicles or equipment used for snow and ice removal operations
22if owned or operated by or for any governmental body.
23    (d) The minimum and maximum height restrictions prescribed



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1in subsection (b) of Section 12-207 shall not apply to
2privately owned motor vehicles on which a snow plow is
3mounted, while in transit between or during snow and ice
4removal operations. This exemption shall apply only during the
5period from November 15 through April 1, and only when the snow
6plow blade, commonly referred to as a "moldboard", is properly
7and securely affixed to the front of the motor vehicle.
8(Source: P.A. 85-1010.)
9    (625 ILCS 5/12-609)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-609)
10    Sec. 12-609. (a) No official or employee of the State, any
11political subdivision thereof, any county, municipality, or
12local authority, and no owner or employee of any new vehicle
13dealer, used vehicle dealer, or vehicle auctioneer shall sell,
14trade or otherwise dispose of any motor vehicle bearing
15equipment, markings, or other indicia of police authority
16unless, prior to delivery of the vehicle, the equipment and
17markings have been sufficiently altered or obliterated to
18remove the appearance of such authority. A motor vehicle
19subject to this subsection shall have all spot lamps removed
20from the vehicle prior to delivery of the vehicle.
21    (b) A person may not operate on the highways of this State
22a vehicle bearing the equipment, markings, or other indicia of
23police authority, unless the vehicle is an authorized
24emergency vehicle as defined in Section 1-105 of this Code.
25    (c) This Section does not apply to vehicles bearing



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1indicia of police authority that are antique vehicles, as
2defined in Section 1-102.1, and are registered as antique
3vehicles, as provided in Section 3-804.
4    (c-5) Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a
5manufacturer of authorized emergency vehicle equipment,
6markings, or other indicia, or the manufacturer's
7representative or authorized vendor, from temporarily mounting
8the equipment, markings, or other indicia on a vehicle for
9demonstration purposes only. If the equipment, markings, or
10other indicia are not covered while the vehicle is operated
11upon a highway, the vehicle shall display signage indicating
12that the vehicle is out of service or not an emergency vehicle.
13The signage shall be displayed on all sides of the vehicle in
14letters at least 2 inches tall and one-half inch wide.
15    (d) Any police officer is authorized to seize any vehicle
16that is in violation of this Section and to impound that
17vehicle, at the owner's expense, until any equipment,
18markings, or other indicia of police authority have been
19sufficiently removed, altered, or obliterated to remove the
20appearance of police authority.
21    (e) A person convicted of violating this Section is guilty
22of a petty offense and subject to a fine of not less than $500
23and not more than $1,000.
24(Source: P.A. 97-1173, eff. 1-1-14.)