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Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Marking of longer projections

3.  The conditions referred to in regulation 94(9) and (12) are—

(a)a forward and rearward projection shall be fitted with—

(i)an end marker, except in the case of a rearward projection which is fitted with a rear marking in accordance with the Lighting Regulations, and

(ii)where required by sub-paragraphs (c) and (d) two or more side markers which shall be of the size, shape and colour described in Part II;

(b)the end marker shall be so fitted that—

(i)it is as near to the projection as is practicable in a transverse plane,

(ii)it is not more than 0.5m from the extreme end of the projection,

(iii)the vertical distance between the lowest point of the marker and the road surface is not more than 2.5m,

(iv)it, and any means by which it is fitted to the projection impedes the view of the driver as little as possible, and

(v)it is clearly visible within a reasonable distance to a person using the road at the end of the vehicle from which the projection extends;

(c)where the forward projection exceeds 2m or the rearward projection exceeds 3m, one side marker shall be fitted on the right hand side and one on the left hand side of the projection so that—

(i)each marker is as near to the projection as is practicable in a longitudinal plane,

(ii)no part extends beyond the end of the projection,

(iii)the vertical distance between the lowest part of each marker and the surface of the road is not more than 2.5m,

(iv)the horizontal distance between each marker and the end marker or, as the case may be, the rear marking carried in accordance with the Lighting Regulations does not exceed 1m, and

(v)each marker is clearly visible within a reasonable distance to a person using the road on that side of the projection;

(d)where—

(i)a forward projection exceeds 4.5m, or

(ii)a rearward projection exceeds 5m

extra side markers shall be fitted on either side of the projection so that the horizontal distance between the extreme projecting point of the vehicle from which the projection extends and the nearest point on any side marker from that point, and between the nearest points of any adjacent side markers on the same side does not exceed—

  • 2.5m in the case of a forward projection, or

  • 3.5m in the case of a rearward projection.

For the purpose of this sub-paragraph the expression “the vehicle” shall not include any special appliance or apparatus or any part of them which is a forward projection or a rearward projection within the meaning given to those expressions in regulation 94;

(e)the extra side markers required by this sub-paragraph shall also meet the requirements of (i), (iii) and (v) of sub-paragraph (c);

(f)every marker fitted in accordance with this paragraph shall be kept clean and unobscured and between sunset and sunrise be illuminated by a lamp which renders it readily visible from a reasonable distance and which is so shielded that its light, except as reflected from the marker, is not visible to other persons using the road.

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