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Reflective tape designed for application onto vehicles and trailers (with rigid or curtain sides) to meet regulation ECE104. It is especially important for haulage companies who's vehicles travel into Europe as this has now become a legal requirement. You can use White or Yellow on the sides of a vehicle and yellow or red on the rear.

Amendments to the UK Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 (RVLR) The Department for Transport has made a commitment to align RVLR with UNECE Regulation 48 and require conspicuity marking material to be fitted to new heavy goods vehicles and their trailers from 10 July 2011. DfT has completed amendments to the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 which entered into force on 4 January 2010, detailing the requirements for conspicuity markings including optionally-fitted markings. Rear marker plates which have been mandatory on certain vehicles and trailers for some time in the UK are intended to serve the same function as conspicuity marking material, so DfT has made the decision not to mandate both.

Optionally-fitted conspicuity markings. The amendments allow vehicles to be fitted with optional conspicuity markings, but where fitted they are required to conform to the relevant ECE Regulation 48 requirements. If compliant conspicuity markings are optionally-fitted to vehicles, then there is no requirement to fit rear marker plates to vehicles. However, the optional use of rear marking plates in addition to conspicuity markings will continue to be permitted. The RVLR have also being updated to require rear marker plates, when fitted optionally from the mandatory conspicuity marking implementation date of 10 July 2011, to comply with the latest technical specifications set out in UN ECE Regulation 70.01. This aligns with the latest requirements in UN ECE Regulation 48.

Mandatory conspicuity marking legislation detailed in the UK, RVLR applies to the following classes.

  • Goods vehicles with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 7,500kg first used on or after 10 July 2011
  • Trailers with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 3,500kg manufactured on or after 10 July 2011

Here is a copy of the FTA requirement guide for types of vehicle that require reflective conspicuous markings and where they should be fitted. Download here.

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