Proposal additional regulations on vehicle lights and reflective strips to supplement the statutory regulations
This article is about traffic safety: increasing the visibility of vehicles during the night, but also during fog, heavy rain or snow. To clarify, here are the discussed categories:
- Trucks, Roadwork traffic, Agriculture Traffic.
- Caravans, trailers, tractor trailer.
- Vehicles: all the above categories together.
- All vehicles that may not drive faster than 100 km/h: trucks, roadwork traffic, agriculture traffic, heavy traffic, caravans, trailers, microcars .
- The third brake light should is be placed as high as possible on any vehicle. The reason is: In the event of an impending congestion, car drivers further back in the queue can see that the brakes are applied.
- All brake-lights must be of the colour red, and more intense than rear-lights.
- The indicator light may be yellow or orange, and must be spacially separated from other car lamps (for example, not embedded in/surrounded by taillight or brake light).
- Indicators must be positioned in such a way that traffic or pedestrians (coming from all sides) can always see which direction the vehicle wants to turn to.
- All non-passenger vehicles (busses included) that are not allowed to drive faster than 100 km per hour, must have:
- Required: reflective strips or reflectors on the back, indicating height and width of the vehicle, or the contours .
- Optional: reflective strips or reflectors on the sides (and / or front), indicating height and length / width of the vehicle .
Detachable trailers, semi-trailers or cargo containers must have display reflective strips or reflectors on all sides (except bottom).
Reflective strips may not contain the colour red and white in oblique form, because this combination is reserved for official traffic guidance patterns along the road.
- All vehicles that are allowed to drive up to 100 km/h, may wear contour lighting, which indicate the shape of the vehicle regarding length, width and/or height.
- The contour lights on a vehicle must all have the same colour to emit a defined type of vehicle concerned.
- The contour lighting should not be of the same intensity as sidelights.
- These lamps may have any colour, except for the proposed statutory protected colours (see link traffic lights ...)
- These lamps should emit a static glow (no rhythmic fluctuations).
- In other words: blue, pink, green, yellow and orange are allowed, but not white or red .
- Contour lighting does not apply to microcars and related vehicles.
Limitations Limitations in colour from all car lights:
Only the front side of any vehicle whatsoever: lamps may contain the colour white, possibly with a slight tendency to yellow or blue.
(Exception: white rear light when driving backwards at the back side of the vehicle).
Only the rear lamps may contain red.
Contour lights displayed on all sides of the vehicle should all have one and the same colour, thus forming a unity that defines the vehicle's gestalt.
Orange flashing light
All non-government vehicles such as private and commercial vehicles may contain only one or maximum two orange alarm-lights (thus excluding police, fire, ambulance or official road worker vehicles).
Traffic signs on vehicles
Many lorry or caravan includes stickers on the back that resemble signs of so-called speed limit. Since this is not an official traffic indication of the police, they should be banned .
Owners of utility vehicles and/or heavy traffic should remove stickers that contain misleading traffic directions that are incorrect at that time / in that situation.
In other words, all traffic markings that are confusing in a given situation and may lead to dangerous situations, should be prohibited under penalty of fine. © RGES 2015
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