Vehicle Equipment Generally

ORS 815.255
Operation of vehicle for hire without speedometer

  • exemptions
  • penalty


A person commits the offense of operation of a vehicle for hire without a speedometer 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 used for carrying passengers for hire that is not equipped with a speedometer or other registering device capable of registering accurately the speed at which the vehicle is operated.


This section is subject to the following exemptions in addition to any exemptions under ORS 801.026 (General exemptions).


A motor vehicle equipped with a governor or other regulating device to control its speed within the limits specified by law is not required to be equipped as this section specifies.


Vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) are deemed in compliance with the requirements of this section if:


The vehicles are equipped with original manufacturer’s equipment and accessories, or their equivalent, and maintained in safe operating condition; or


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


Antique vehicles are exempt from the requirements of this section if the vehicles are maintained as collector’s 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, operation of a vehicle for hire without a speedometer, is a Class C traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §497; 1985 c.393 §24; 1997 c.402 §16; 2015 c.138 §35]


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Jun. 26, 2021