Proposal additional regulations on traffic lights, warning poles and street lights in addition to the statutory regulations
Proposed European decision regarding colours of each traffic light at intersections and similar situations.
The European authorities must choose a fixed, common colour nuance for red, orange and green lamps in traffic lights.
In other words: lights should have a special colour, which is different from the colours used by vehicles and surrounding objects (for example, in signage, advertising).
The red light of a traffic light should be dark pink or dark purple, so this colour is distinct from red tail-lights and brake-lights of vehicles.
The colour shade of the orange and green light of a traffic light should be distinct colours from the environment.
Conspicuity of traffic lights
The selected colour nuances for the universal traffic light colours red, orange and green should be protected by law.
In the immediate vicinity of a traffic light (or in the line of sight of the driver who has to look at a traffic light), these colours may not be present (signage, advertising and similar expressions).
The colours red and green must be, for a traffic participant with red/green blindness, twofold distinguishable (ie colour and intensity).
Oblique red-white cross-striation on bollards and signs may be used only by official road authorities.
Businesses, organizations, individuals and the like have to come up with a different colour combination or cross-striation as a warning stabbing.
To promote lower energy consumption and durability, new street lights (or new roads) should fulfill the following criteria:
- Each pole includes a timer (possibly remote controlled), motion sensor and light sensor.
- The municipality establishes the general times that lantern light switches on or off.
- Streetlights must be switched off at bright daytime (using light sensor), except during heavy storms
- A distinction must be made for street lamps on a long, straight road section and other locations, such as:
- On straight road sections lighting must dimmed from 0 o'clock in the morning until 6 o'clock in the morning.
- When lights go out at night, they need to use motion detectors to switch on when and as long as there is traffic on that part of the road.
- Street Lights that should be on all night, must meet one of the following locations:
- at bends in the road or unclear/blind points.
- at corners, junctions, crossroads.
- at public entries/exits, etc.
- at sudden increases or decreases in the street (bumps in the road).
- at overpasses, bridges, crossings, etc.
- at pedestrian crossings and crossings of slow traffic.
© RGES 2015
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