Vehicle Equipment Generally

ORS 815.215
Failure to have windshield wipers

  • exemptions
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of failure to have windshield wipers if the person drives or moves on any highway or owns and causes or knowingly permits to be driven or moved on any highway a motor vehicle that has a windshield and that is not equipped with windshield wipers that meet the requirements under this section.


Windshield wipers meet the requirements of this section if the windshield wipers are designed for cleaning rain or other moisture from the windshield and so constructed as to be controlled or operated by the driver of the vehicle.


This section does not apply to the following vehicles:


Vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) and that are:


Equipped with original manufacturer’s equipment and accessories, or their equivalent, and that are maintained in safe operating condition; or


The vehicles are street rods that conform to ORS 815.107 (Exemption from equipment requirements for street rods).


Road machinery, road rollers or farm tractors.


Antique vehicles that are maintained as collectors’ items and used for exhibitions, parades, club activities and similar uses, but not used primarily for the transportation of persons or property.




The offense described in this section, failure to have windshield wipers, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §489; 1997 c.402 §13; 2003 c.158 §14]


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Jun. 26, 2021