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Vehicle Safety Markings

From 10th July 2011, newly approved types of heavy goods vehicles (HGV’s) with a mass over 7.5 tonnes and trailers with a mass over 3.5 tonnes operating in the UK, will by law be required to fit retro-reflective vehicle safety markings. From 10th July 2011, all newly registered HGV’s with a mass over 7.5 tonnes and trailers with a mass over 3.5 tonnes operating in the UK, will be required by law to be fitted with retro-reflective vehicle safety markings. HGV Reflectability / Conspicuity ECE104 Vehicle Safety Markings required under ECE104 are 50 mm to 60 mm of highly reflective material that are applied to HGV’s and trailers to increase their visibility. The passively reflective markings clearly outline the rear and sides of the vehicle, making it visible at up to 1000 metres at night. This means an HGV may be seen by motorway drivers up to 8-9 seconds earlier than those without vehicle safety markings. Vehicle safety markings give drivers visual clues to interpret the trucks size and speed relative to their own. Drivers subconsciously know that trucks are slower and less manoeuverable and will incorporate this into their driving decision and reactions. The E-mark is proof that the products have been tested and certified by an independent and authorised centre and meets all the requirements of ECE104. Without the E-Mark, the product is not compliant with the regulation. The material has to be homologated retro-reflective category C film with the reflective area being no more than 60 mm wide. Category C materials are the brightest materials permitted for vehicle markings and may only be used for contour/conspicuity markings.

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