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    Well, I have a bit of a debate going on in one of my car forums. Having Nitrous myself, I was curious as to its legality.

    I did a little digging and referenced FL Statute 316.610. I thought that the Nitrous would be offensive if it was wired incorrectly, did not have a blow down tube, or was mounted in a dangerous place.

    Safety of Vehicle - Inspection : It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.

    (1) Any police officer may at any time, upon reasonable cause to believe that a vehicle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the driver of the vehicle to stop and submit the vehicle to an inspection and such test with reference thereto as may be appropriate.
    (2) In the event the vehicle is found to be in unsafe condition or any required part or equipment is not present or is not in proper repair and adjustment, and the continued operation would probably present an unduly hazardous operating condition, the officer may require the vehicle to be immediately repaired or removed from use. However, if continuous operation would not present unduly hazardous operating conditions, that is, in the case of equipment defects such as tailpipes, mufflers, windshield wipers, marginally worn tires, the officer shall give written notice to require proper repair and adjustment of same within 48 hours, excluding Sunday.

    Does any Officer have any input?
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    Originally posted by The SSheriff View Post
    Well, I have a bit of a debate going on in one of my car forums. Having Nitrous myself, I was curious as to its legality.

    I did a little digging and referenced FL Statute 316.610. I thought that the Nitrous would be offensive if it was wired incorrectly, did not have a blow down tube, or was mounted in a dangerous place.

    Safety of Vehicle - Inspection : It is a violation of this chapter for any person to drive or move, or for the owner or his or her duly authorized representative to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved, on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this chapter, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter, or for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required under this chapter.

    (1) Any police officer may at any time, upon reasonable cause to believe that a vehicle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the driver of the vehicle to stop and submit the vehicle to an inspection and such test with reference thereto as may be appropriate.
    (2) In the event the vehicle is found to be in unsafe condition or any required part or equipment is not present or is not in proper repair and adjustment, and the continued operation would probably present an unduly hazardous operating condition, the officer may require the vehicle to be immediately repaired or removed from use. However, if continuous operation would not present unduly hazardous operating conditions, that is, in the case of equipment defects such as tailpipes, mufflers, windshield wipers, marginally worn tires, the officer shall give written notice to require proper repair and adjustment of same within 48 hours, excluding Sunday.

    Does any Officer have any input?
    That's a direct quote of 316.610 F.S. right there. What's the issue? If you're not violating any of the above, then is there a problem? If you are violating the safe use of Nitrous, if there is one (I don't know much about it) then I suppose you could be cited under 316.610 F.S. because it is "Unsafe or Improper Equipment".
    Last edited by Jethro1984; 08-04-2008, 08:48 PM.
    Jeff

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    • #3
      I am not aware of any law that specifically outlaws Nitrous.

      However, most cars using nitrous have in some way altered the exhaust and/or muffler which is covered under different statutes:

      FSS 316.272 and FSS 316.293 (specifically subsection 5) which states: "No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or any other noise abatement device of a motor vehicle operated or to be operated on the highways of this state in such a manner that the noise emmitted by the motor vehicle is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured."

      Also pollution control equipment FSS 316.2935...

      The nitrous may draw some unwanted attention, too.

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      • #4
        OK, thanks. I figured there may have been another law I may have missed, but I guess not. Thanks for clearing that up.
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