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Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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Part IRequirements Relating to Obligatory Side Marker Lamps and to Optional Side Marker Lamps to the Extent Specified in Part II

1.  Number—

(a) A vehicle not covered by sub-paragraph (b) which is—

(i)a motor vehicle first used on or after 1st January 1997 or a trailer manufactured on or after 1st January 1997:

On each side: two and as many more as are sufficient to satisfy the requirements of paragraph 2(a)

(ii)a trailer manufactured before 1st January 1997:

One on each side

(b) Long vehicles and vehicle combinations to which regulation 25 applies:

The numbers required by regulation 25

2.  Position—

(a)  Longitudinal—

(i)A vehicle of a type mentioned in sub- paragraph 1(a)(i)—

(A)Maximum distance from the front of the vehicle, including any drawbar, in respect of the foremost side marker lamp on each side:

4 m

(B)Maximum distance from the rear of the vehicle in respect of the rearmost side marker lamp on each side:

1 m

(C)Maximum separation distance between the light-emitting surfaces of adjacent side marker lamps on the same side of the vehicle:

3 m or, if this is not practicable, 4 m

(ii)A vehicle of a type mentioned in sub- paragraph 1(a)(ii):

Such that no part of the light- emitting surface is forward of, or more than 1530 mm to the rear of, the centre point of the overall length of the trailer

(iii)Long vehicles and vehicle combinations, including any loads, to which regulation 25 applies:

As specified in regulation 25

(b) Lateral:

No requirement

(c) Vertical—

(i)Maximum height above the ground:

2300 mm

(ii)Minimum height above the ground:

No requirement

3.  Angles of visibility—

(a) Horizontal:

45° to the left and to the right when viewed in a direction at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle

(b) Vertical:

No requirement

4.  Alignment:

To the side

5.  Markings:

No requirement

6.  Size of illuminated area:

No requirement

7.  Colour:

  • Amber

  • or, if within 1 m of the rear of the vehicle it may be red or, if the vehicle is a trailer manufactured before 1st January 1997, it may be white when viewed from the front and red when viewed from the rear

8.  Wattage:

No requirement

9.  Intensity:

Visible from a reasonable distance

10.  Electrical connections:

No individual requirement

11.  Tell-tale:

No requirement

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