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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2007 No. 15

ROAD TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES

The Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

Made

10th January 2007

Coming into operation

22nd February 2007

The Department of the Environment makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Articles 55(1), (2) and (6) and 110(2) of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(1):

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 and shall come into operation on 22nd February 2007.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999(2).

Amendment to regulation 2 (interpretation)

2.  In regulation 2(2) of the principal Regulations, in the definition “Community Directive, followed by a number”, after the words “Commission of the European Communities”, there shall be added “or the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union”.

Amendment to regulation 38 (mirrors)

3.  For regulation 38 of the principal Regulations there shall be substituted the regulation set out in the Schedule.

Amendment to Schedule 1 (Community Directives and ECE Regulations)

4.—(1) Schedule 1 to the principal Regulations shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In Table I—

(a)after item 88B(3) there shall be inserted the following item—

88C96/9620.12.96L46,17.2.97 p.1Roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers

(b)after item 96(4) there shall be added the following items—

972000/306.6.2000L203, 10.8.2000, p.1Technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Community
982002/855.11.2002L57, 4.12.2002, p.327Installation and use of speed limitation devices for certain categories of motor vehicles in the Community92/6
992003/263.4.2003L90, 8.4.2003, p.37Speed limiters and exhaust emissions of commercial vehicles2000/30
1002003/273.4.2003L90, 8.4.2003, p.41Testing of exhaust emissions from motor vehicles96/96
1012003/9710.11.2003L25, 29.1.2004, p.1Devices for indirect vision71/127 as amended by 79/795, 85/205, 86/562 and 88/321
1022004/1111.2.2004L44, 14.2.2004, p.19Speed limitation devices or similar speed limitation on-board systems of certain categories of motor vehicles92/249A
1032005/2730.3.2005L81, 30.3.2005, p.44Devices for indirect vision71/127 as replaced by 2003/97

(3) In Table II, after item 30 there shall be added the following item—

30A46.024621.10.84Mirrors23.06.05

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of the Environment on 10th January 2007.

L.S.

Maggie Smith

A senior officer of the

Department of the Environment

Regulation 3

SCHEDULEREGULATION TO BE SUBSTITUTED FOR REGULATION 38

Mirrors and other devices for indirect vision

38.(1) Subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), a motor vehicle (not being a road roller) which is of a class specified in an item in column 2 of the Table shall be fitted with such mirror or mirrors or other device for indirect vision, if any, as are specified in that item in column 3; and any mirror or other device for indirect vision which is fitted to such a vehicle shall, whether or not it is required to be fitted, comply with the requirements, if any, specified in that item in columns 4 and 5.

(2) Subject to paragraph (5), each exterior mirror with which a vehicle is required to be fitted in accordance with item 2 or 8 of the Table shall, if the vehicle has a technically permissible maximum weight (as mentioned in Annex 1 to Community Directive 71/127) exceeding 3500kg, be a Class II mirror (as described in that Annex) and shall in any other case be a Class II or a Class III mirror (as described in that Annex).

(3) Subject to paragraph (5), in the case of a wheeled motor vehicle described in item 1, 2, 10 or 11 of the Table which is first used on or after 1st April 1969 the edges of any interior mirror shall be surrounded by some material such as will render it unlikely that severe cuts would be caused if the mirror or that material were struck by any occupant of the vehicle.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), in the case of a motor vehicle falling within paragraph (a) in column 4 of items 1 and 7, or within item 8, of the Table—

(a)each mirror shall be fixed to the vehicle in such a way that it remains steady under normal driving conditions;

(b)each exterior mirror on a vehicle fitted with windows and a windscreen shall be visible to the driver, when in his driving position, through a side window or through the portion of the windscreen which is swept by the windscreen wiper;

(c)where the bottom edge of an exterior mirror is less than 2m above the road surface when the vehicle is laden, that mirror shall not project more than 20cm beyond the overall width of the vehicle or, in a case where the vehicle is drawing a trailer which has an overall width greater than that of the drawing vehicle, more than 20cm beyond the overall width of the trailer;

(d)where the bottom edge of an exterior mirror, which complies with the requirements of Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or ECE Regulation 46.02, is less than 2m above the road surface when the vehicle is laden, that mirror shall not project more than 25cm beyond the overall width of the vehicle or, in the case where the vehicle is drawing a trailer which has an overall width greater than that of the drawing vehicle, more than 25cm beyond the overall width of the trailer;

(e)each interior mirror shall be capable of being adjusted by the driver when in his driving position; and

(f)except in the case of a mirror which, if knocked out of its alignment, can be returned to its former position without needing to be adjusted, each exterior mirror on the driver’s side of the vehicle shall be capable of being adjusted by the driver when in his driving position, but this requirement shall not prevent such a mirror from being locked into position from the outside of the vehicle.

(5) Instead of complying with paragraphs (1) to (4) a vehicle may comply—

(a)if it is a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3500kg first used on or after 1st April 1985 and before 1st August 1989, with Community Directive 79/795, 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01;

(b)if it is a goods vehicle first used on or after 1st August 1989 and before 26th January 2007—

(i)in the case of a vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3500kg but not exceeding 12,000kg, with Community Directive 79/795, 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01; and

(ii)in the case of a vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 12,000kg, with Community Directive 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01;

(c)if it is an agricultural motor vehicle, with Community Directive 71/127, 74/346, 79/795, 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01;

(d)if it is a two wheeled motor cycle with or without a side-car, with Community Directive 71/127, 79/795, 80/780, 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01; and

(e)if it is any other vehicle, with Community Directive 71/127, 79/795, 85/205, 86/562 or 88/321 or ECE Regulation 46.01.

(6) Instead of complying with the provisions of column 4 in items 3, 4, 7 or 8 of the Table a mirror may comply with the requirements as to construction and testing set out in—

(a)Annex I to Community Directive 71/127, excluding paragraphs 2.3.4 and 2.6;

(b)Annex I to Community Directive 79/795, excluding paragraphs 2.3.3 and 2.6;

(c)Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97, excluding paragraph 3.4; or

(d)Annex II to Community Directive 2005/27, excluding paragraph 3.4.

(7) In this regulation—

(a)“devices for indirect vision” means devices to observe the traffic area adjacent to the vehicle which cannot be observed by direct vision and may include conventional mirrors, camera-monitors or other devices able to prevent information about the indirect field of vision to the driver;

(b)“mirror” means any device with a reflecting surface, excluding devices such as periscopes, intended to give a clear view to the rear, side or front of the vehicle;

(c)“interior mirror” means a device defined in sub-paragraph (a), which can be fitted in the passenger compartment of a vehicle;

(d)“exterior mirror” means a device defined in sub-paragraph (a), which can be fitted on the external surface of a vehicle.

(8) In the case of—

(a)an agricultural motor vehicle, or

(b)a vehicle described in items 2 or 8 in the Table,

when drawing a trailer the references to a vehicle in the definitions in paragraph (7) shall be construed as including references to that trailer.

TABLE (regulation 38(1))

12345
ItemClass of vehicleMirrors or other devices for indirect vision to be fittedRequirements to be complied with by any mirrors fittedRequirements to be complied with by any other devices for indirect vision where fitted
1.

A motor vehicle which is—

(a)

drawing a trailer, if a person is carried on the trailer so that he has an uninterrupted view to the rear and has an efficient means of communicating to the driver the effect of signals given by the drivers of other vehicles to the rear;

(b)
(i)

a works truck;

(ii)

a track-laying agricultural motor vehicle; and

(iii)

a wheeled agricultural motor vehicle first used before 1st June 1978, if, in each case, the driver can easily obtain a view to the rear;

(c)

a pedestrian-controlled vehicle;

(d)

a chassis being driven from the place where it has been manufactured to the place where it is to receive a vehicle body; or

(e)

an agricultural motor vehicle which has an unladen weight exceeding 7370 kg and which—

(i)

is a track-laying vehicle; or

(ii)

is a wheeled vehicle first used before 1st June 1978.

No requirement.

(a)If the vehicle is a wheeled vehicle first used on or after 1st June 1978, Item 2 of Annex I to Community Directive 71/127 or 79/795 or Annex II to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraphs 4 to 8 of ECE Regulation 46.01 and paragraph (4) of this regulation.

(b)In other cases, none, except as specified in paragraph (3).

None.
2.

A motor vehicle not included in item 1, which is—

(a)

a wheeled locomotive or a wheeled motor tractor first used in either case on or after 1st June 1978;

(b)

an agricultural motor vehicle, not being a track-laying vehicle with an unladen weight not exceeding 7370 kg (which falls in item 11) or a wheeled agricultural motor vehicle first used after 1st June 1986 which is driven at more than 20 mph (which falls in item 8); or

(c)

a works truck.

At least one exterior mirror fitted on the outside.None, except as specified in paragraphs (2) and (3).None.
3.

A wheeled motor vehicle not included in items 1 or 4 first used on or after 1st April 1983 which is—

(a)

a bus; or

(b)

a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3500 kg (not being an agricultural motor vehicle or one which is not driven at more than 20 mph) other than a vehicle described in item 5.

Mirrors complying with item 3 of Annex I to Community Directive 79/795 or with paragraph 2.1 of Annex III to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraph 16.2.1 of ECE Regulation 46.01 or, except in the case of a goods vehicle first used on or after 1st April 1985, mirrors as required in the entry in this column in item 8.Item 2 of Annex I to Community Directive 71/127 or 79/795 or Annex II to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraphs 4 to 8 of ECE Regulation 46.01.None.
4

A wheeled motor vehicle not included in item 1 first used on or after 26th January 2007 which is—

(a)

a bus;

(b)

a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight—

(i)

exceeding 3500 kg but not exceeding 7500kg; or

(ii)

exceeding 7500 kg but not exceeding 12,000 kg; (not being an agricultural motor vehicle or one which is not driven at more than 20 mph).

(a) and (b)(ii) Mirrors and other devices for indirect vision complying with Annex III to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraph 15 of ECE Regulation 46.02.

(b)(i) Mirrors or other devices for indirect vision complying with Community Directive 2005/27.

Paragraph 6 of Annex I and Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.1 of ECE Regulation 46.02.Part B of Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or paragraph 4, 5 and 6.2 of ECE Regulation 46.02.
5.A goods vehicle not being an agricultural motor vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 12,000 kg which is first used on or after 1st October 1988 and before 26th January 2007.Mirrors complying with paragraph 2.1 of Annex III to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraph 16.2.1 of ECE Regulation 46.01.Annex II to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraphs 4 to 8 of ECE Regulation 46.01.None.
6.A goods vehicle not being an agricultural motor vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 12,000 kg which is first used on or after 26th January 2007.Mirrors or other devices for indirect vision complying with Annex III to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraph 15 of ECE Regulation 46.02.Paragraph 6 of Annex I and Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.1 of ECE Regulation 46.02.Part B of Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or paragraph 4, 5 and 6.2 of ECE Regulation 46.02.
7.A two-wheeled motor cycle with or without a sidecar attached.No requirement.

(a)If the vehicle is first used on or after 1st October 1978, Item 2 of Annex I to Community Directive 71/127, 79/795 or 80/780 or Annex II to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraphs 4 to 8 of ECE Regulation 46.01 and paragraph (4) of this regulation.

(b)In other cases, none.

None.
8.A wheeled motor vehicle not in items 1 to 7, which is first used on or after 1st June 1978 (or, in the case of a Ford Transit motor car, 10th July 1978) and before 26th January 2010.

(i)At least one exterior mirror fitted on the offside of the vehicle; and

(ii)at least one interior mirror, unless a mirror so fitted would give the driver no view to the rear of the vehicle; and

(iii)at least one exterior mirror fitted on the nearside of the vehicle unless an interior mirror gives the driver an adequate view to the rear.

Item 2 of Annex I to Community Directive 71/127 or 79/795 or Annex II to Community Directive 86/562 or 88/321 or paragraphs 4 to 8 of ECE Regulation 46.01 and paragraphs (2) and (4) of this regulation.None.
9.A wheeled motor vehicle not in items 1 to 7, which is first used on or after 26th January 2010.Mirrors complying with Annex III to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraph 15 of ECE Regulation 46.02.Paragraph 6 of Annex I and Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.1 of ECE Regulation 46.02.If fitted to comply with Part B of Annex II to Community Directive 2003/97 or paragraphs 4, 5 and 6.2 of ECE Regulation 46.02.
10.

A wheeled motor vehicle, not in items 1 to 7, first used before 1st June 1978 (or in the case of a Ford Transit motorcar, 10th July 1978) and a track-laying motor vehicle which is not an agricultural motor vehicle first used on or after 1st January 1958, which in either case is—

(a)

a bus;

(b)

a dual-purpose vehicle; or

(c)

a goods vehicle.

At least one exterior mirror fitted on the offside of the vehicle and either one interior mirror or one exterior mirror fitted on the near-side of the vehicle.None, except as specified in paragraph (3).None.
11.A motor vehicle, whether wheeled or track-laying, not in items 1 to 10.At least one interior or exterior mirror.None, except as specified in paragraph (3).None.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations further amend the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (“the 1999 Regulations”).

Regulation 2 amends regulation 2 of the 1999 Regulations so that the definition of “Community Directive, followed by a number”, also includes Directives adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Parliament.

Regulation 3 implements Directive 2003/97/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ No. L25, 29.1.2004, p.1), which replaces Council Directive 71/127/EEC (OJ No. L68, 22.3.1971, p.1) with effect from 24th January 2010; and Commission Directive 2005/27/EC (OJ No. L81, 30.3.2005, p.44) which amends Directive 2003/97/EC.

It amends the 1999 Regulations by substituting a new regulation 38 set out in the Schedule to these Regulations. The main changes to the substituted regulation 38 relate to the Table, with the addition of new items to it and a new column 5 to cover the requirements to be complied with where a vehicle is fitted with any other device for indirect vision. The table below shows the numbering for the new and old (renumbered) items.

Old item noNew item noOld item noNew item noOld item noNew item no
11459
226710
3357811
468

New item 4 extends the requirement to heavy goods vehicles with a maximum weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes but not exceeding 12 tonnes, which are first used on or after 26th January 2007, to be fitted with two wide-angle mirrors, a close-proximity mirror and a front mirror.

Item 4 also extends the requirement to goods vehicles with a maximum weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes (but having cabins of a similar height to goods vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes) which are first used on or after 26th January 2007, to be fitted with two wide-angle mirrors and a close-proximity mirror.

New item 6 extends the requirement to goods vehicles with a maximum weight exceeding 12 tonnes, which are first used on or after 26th January 2007, to be fitted with an additional wide-angle mirror and a front mirror.

In all cases where a front mirror is specified, if it is not possible to fit a front mirror, a device for indirect vision (for example a camera and monitor device) may be used instead.

New item 9 extends the requirement to motor vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers and comprising no more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat, which are first used on or after 26th January 2010, to be fitted with a Class III exterior rear-view mirror on both the driver’s side and the passenger’s side of the vehicle; whereas previously there was a requirement for such a mirror to be fitted only to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Paragraph (4)(d) of the substituted regulation 38, provides that where the lower edge of an exterior mirror, which complies with the requirements of Directive 2003/97 or 2005/27 or ECE Regulation 46.02, is less than 2 metres above the ground when the vehicle is loaded, this mirror must not project more than 25cm beyond the overall width of the vehicle. In the case of a vehicle drawing a trailer, where the trailer is wider than the drawing vehicle, the mirror must not project more than 25cm beyond the overall width of the trailer.

Paragraph (7) of the substituted regulation 38, provides for definitions of mirrors and devices for indirect vision. Paragraph (8) provides that the reference to “vehicle” in the definitions in paragraph (7) will also include a reference to a trailer in respect of the stated vehicles when drawing a trailer.

Regulation 4 amends Table I (Community Directives) in Schedule 1 by inserting new items into it (items 101 and 103 refer to Directives 2003/97 and 2005/27); and amends Table II (ECE Regulations) by inserting new item 30A (to include a reference to ECE Regulation 46.02).

A Regulatory Impact Assessment has been prepared and is available on the Department of the Environment website at www.doeni.gov.uk/roadsafety.

Copies of the relevant EC Directives and ECE Regulations can be obtained from TSO, 16 Arthur Street, Belfast BT1 4GD.

(1)

S.I 1995/2994 (N.I. 18); see Article 2(2) for the definition of “the Department”

(2)

S.R. 1999 No. 454; relevant amending regulations are S.R 2001 No. 28, regulation 7, S.R. 2002 No. 375, regulation 13 and S.R. 2004 No. 67, regulation 10

(3)

Item 88B was inserted by S.R. 2002 No. 375, regulation 13

(4)

Item 96 was inserted by S.R. 2004 No. 67, regulation 10

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