Show Off can supply and fit reflective graphics and chevrons to all types of vehicles. Reflective vinyl comes in many colours, and can be printed on, so it makes sense to integrate it into your graphics to make your vehicle stand out 24 hours a day. We even stock reflective black vinyl, which looks black during the day, but reflects bright white under headlights. This means that even if your logo is mainly black, it can still stand out at night.
The most common use for reflective markings is for chevrons for the back of vehicles for safety reasons.
Chapter 8 of the Traffic signs Manual ( Traffic Safety Measures & Signs for Road Works & Temporary Situations ) was issued by the Department of Transport. It provides guidelines for companies operating on public highways on a range of issues – including High Visibility Markings. Section five (5.2 & 5.5 ) outlines what conspicuous markings are required on Vehicles that stop for work purposes or inspection purposes on all public highways. In addition to the specifications regarding the colour of the vehicle, Chapter 8 also sets out the requirements for rear reflective markings on all vehicles stopping on high speed roads.
It affects any operator of large or small vehicles from HGV’s to road maintenance trucks, small vans and cars that intentionally stop for work or inspection purposes on high speed roads.
In addition, Maintenance vehicles need to have a Highway Maintenance sticker when they are working on motorways. These have to be of a certain size to comply with Chapter 8 Legislation. Also, in temporary traffic management situations, inspection, supervisory, maintenance and management vehicles require a Highway Maintenance sign that must be applied to the rear of the vehicle.
The high visibility film markings have to be on the rear of the vehicle. They should comprise of either of the following:
Chevron markings comprising alternate strips of fluorescent red retro-reflective material and fluorescent yellow non retro-reflective material of not less than 150mm width each, inclined at 45-60° to the horizontal and pointing upwards, or
A solid block of fluorescent orange-red retro-reflective material.
The markings should cover as much of the rear facing portion of the vehicle as possible without obscuring the windows, the vehicle’s lighting or it’s registration plates.
Red retro-reflective tape should also be applied to all rear facing edges of doors, rails or equipment lockers.
Show Off can provide graphics which fully comply with this legislation. Please contact us for more information.
From July 2011, all newly registered HGVs over 7.5 tonnes and trailers over 3.5 tonnes must have reflective conspicuity markings that clearly outline the rear and sides of the vehicle to make it visible for up to 1000 metres at night. ECE104 specifies the standard for the reflective materials used, and where an how it must be positioned on the vehicle or trailer.
There are guidelines in place for the amount and positioning of the reflective material, but generally speaking at least 80% of the vehicle’s length must have a reflective stripe of between 50mm and 60mm, along with outline markers to the side and rear. If you have any questions regarding the regulations, or would like a quotation for supply only or supply and fitting of compliant materials, please contact us.