- is it illegal to have flashing lights on ur bike and if so why?
From the highway codePosted 10 years ago
At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
HIGHWAY CODE STATES:
“At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
[Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24)]”Posted 10 years ago
Interestingly tho RVLR regs
Save as provided in paragraph (2), no vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which automatically emits a flashing light.
and I can find no mention of the excemption that allows flashing lights on a bicycle 😕
I am certain there is one tho or else the highway code would not allow for it. It also appears in the RVLR regs that lights must be bs marked which the vast majority are not.Posted 10 years agoPosted 10 years ago
Thanks to the enactment of Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 2559: on 23rd October 2005, it finally became legal to have a flashing light on a pedal cycle. Even better: it became possible for a flashing light to be approved, meaning no other light would be needed in that position. And since BS6102/3 does not yet cater for flashing (but is likely to be amended to do so quite soon), approval is for the time being, granted simply on the basis of brightness.samuriMember
From a safety perspective, flashing lights can be seen from a mile away but make it difficult for moronic car drivers to judge your distance (like they care).
From a legal perspective, if you get in a crash the lawyers of the guy who tried to drive over you may bring up the fact that you had no steady light, only flashing ones. Buy an extra LED light to keep on all the time. They cost about 5 quid and you’ll need to buy batteries once a month, seems like a safe bet as far as getting sorted through the courts as far as I’m concerned.
It’s like a smoke alarm, seems like a waste of money most of the time but you’ll regret it when you don’t spend a couple of pints money on it.Posted 10 years agodr_adamsMember
I do believe that TJ is right that the lights must be Bs approved for use on the public highway and i am of the belief that no led’s or hid’s have been so approved and so i think you technically have to have a halogen light with a kitemark to be 100% legal if you were wanting to be a muppet…Posted 10 years agoPeterPoddyMember
i am of the belief that no led’s or hid’s have been so approved and so i think you technically have to have a halogen light with a kitemark to be 100% legal if you were wanting to be a muppet…
Pleanty of LEDs are approved. I know the front one on my missues bike is for a start…. (Blackburn I think)Posted 10 years ago
Lots of people will be riding with illegal front lights. The legal max is 5W, for a bike IIRC.
I doubt that many people have a fully legal bike – how many of you have pedal reflectors or a red rear reflector? Though, I do remember hearing about an exemption for bikes modified for racing?Posted 10 years agomiketuallySubscriber
With hindsight basing light output on wattage doesn’t seem so sensible now
The reason that flashing lights were initially illegal wasn’t because they were flashing, but because they didn’t have a filament bulb. Filament bulbs were required in law because people were using mining lamps on their bikes 🙂Posted 10 years agoMilitant_bikerMember
people were using mining lamps on their bikes
I used to use an Oldham mining light on my bike/helmet, lead acid battery strapped to my waist. Superb light, 14 hour run time – and a filament bulb IIRC. I guess you mean the parafin & wick type.
I always thought the filament rule was to remove carbide lamps with the wee flame and reflector?Posted 10 years ago
Anyone got a way round the Amber pedal reflectors?
Plastic backed orange reflective tape, zip tied round some Shimmy 520’s. Def not BS compliant, but its obvious you’ve made an effort. I think the signature up and down motion of two orange spots in your vision are about as clear a message of ‘bicycle ahead’ as it is possible to get.
Seems to stay put well enough, if you’re carefull where you put the zip ties, then you can get in and out of them completely normally. I hate singlesided pedals, they’re useless and there are no dual sided types with reflectors AFAIK.Posted 10 years agoPickersSubscriber
Anyone got a way round the Amber pedal reflectors?
Shimano supply these with spd pedals on complete bikes IIRC. I have a set on my commute bike – they clip in as cleats on 1 side of the pedal (wind up the tension to keep them there), you clip in the other side as normal.Posted 10 years agomk1fanMember
Highway code only recommends that a steady front light is used. Bike lights have always been a grey area.
Personally, I think it’s stupid to ride a bike, at night (or in the dark) with only a single, flashing front light regardless of whether you’re legally entitled to do so.Posted 10 years ago
Known uncontrolled by medication epileptics are not allowed to drive mema. IIRC you have to be seizure free for 2 years or something before being allowed to take you test/reapply for your licence.
I’d rather increase my chances of being seen by 99.99999999% of drivers than risk encountering an undiagnosed, no previous history epileptic.Posted 10 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Could some flashy lights cause an epileptic fit??
probably, but then i used to run 2 cateye white flashers on the straps of my backpack and a Q5 torch (250lumen) on my bars, allong with a red cateye flasher and a blackburn mars flashing on my backpack, and a steady red cateye on my bike.
In twilight riding past stret signs cars would pull over as the flashes reflected off street signs making it look like an ambulance some way behind 🙂Posted 10 years ago
What about a passenger tho? I use flashy light to be seen, I just wondered.
Yes they can, though not all epileptics get ‘grand mal’ seizures (the thrashy about ones), some simply get ‘absence’ seizures, which while disorientating and unsettling for the sufferer, basically means they just aren’t there for a moment or two.
Lights on emergancy services vehicles are far worse however. Most epileptics can notice the flashing lights and look away before any ill effects occur, or they get warned by the driver to shut their eyes for a bit 🙂
Even if they do go into a grand mal seizure, there are far worse places to be than stapped in a car seat, though the driver would need to keep calm …Posted 10 years ago
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