Jeeps without doors
We took the barge to STJ today, and as always, we put the Jeep top down and removed the doors to get the open air and a wider field of view. We always put in temporary side mirrors when the doors are off, because all of our research indicated that this is street legal. We drive like this a lot on STT and STJ and have never had a problem. A police officer pulled us over and told us we must have doors. (He was very nice about it and I have no complaint with him). We searched all over the internet and can only find sites that say removing jeep doors is legal as long as you have mirrors, but I can't find anything official. We can't understand how this would be legally different than a motorcycle. Was the officer mistaken? Does anyone know if there is an official site where we can access VI traffic and safety laws?
Mike & Cheryl
He probably does not know the laws but he could still give you a ticket.
A year or so ago on STX I was told by one of our condo owners that it was illegal to have decals in your windshield. we were thinking about having our parking stickers in the windshield. I stopped two different police officers who had no idea, I went to the sub-station and they had no idea. I went to the DMV and could not get an answer. I gave up and we now require window stickers.
it is what ever he says it is regardless off what ever the law is!
i drive mine all the time on STX with no doors but mirrors, even past the safty checks may times.
I think what the above is trying to say is:
it`s what the officer thinks, he/she may NOT be able to find a violation of a specific VIcode, but if she/he wants to break your balls, he/she will.
This is contrasted to the state side police that would look over your car until they found something wrong(and could find a specific violation).
It`s a cultural thing, although they are law officers, it may have nothing at all to do with the law...get it?
If that statement doesnt make sense(& it normally shouldn`t), your not well versed in VI culture/thinking.
Or, Meh no wha you said, ba, meh don no wha you mean...how dem is!