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Is it legal for trucks to display lighted billboards while driving around town?

Ken Little

There are certain requirements in the state motor vehicle laws governing the width and height of a vehicle, but “there is nothing in the laws specific to moving billboards,” said N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

Lynn Coleman, assistant city attorney for the city of Wilmington, added that the city does not regulate moving “signs.”

State statutes do prohibit the placement of lights “which are flashing, moving, rotating, intermittent or steady spotlights” that “tends to blind and effectively hampers the vision of the operator on any motor vehicle passing on a public highway.”

The problem with that statute, Coleman said, “is you are again stuck with a situation that is obviously intended to be applied to a stationary sign and the proof ‘tends to blind and effectively hampers the vision’ might be problematic.”

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