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Old 08-11-2010, 02:42 AM   #1
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Retroreflectors

I'm wondering where I can find out information on the legalities of having retro reflective devices/paint on your vehicle (car, sportbike or scooter).

I know some sport bike riders ride with reflective vests.
Some have reflective tape on parts of helmets, bodywork and rims.
Some even go so far as to have bicycle blinking hazards on a night.

Cars have L and N signs.

I have also seen some cars with reflectors on mudguards, or stickers and badges right onto the body work as well.


I'm really looking to maximize my nighttime visibility with some retro reflectors without wearing my baggy construction safety vest.


Much appreciation would be had if you guys could help point me in the right direction!
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:52 PM   #2
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I've always looked at this:

General lighting requirements

4.02 (1) A vehicle on a highway must only be equipped with and use lamps, reflectors or other illuminating devices authorized by this Division or authorized in writing by the director.

and thought that all the other reflective treatments applied to various vehicles out there are made illegal by this unless one has written authorization. If so, it really comes down to the reflectors already on the vehicle and the yellow and white/red reflective tape required for some commercial vehicles.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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I'd be curious to know where the line is drawn as technically even the paint and badging on the car are types of reflectors.

What about logos and signage for business use?

I'm sure some red reflective tape probably wouldn't be a problem on the back of a bike.
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The INTENTION behind the section quoted by skidmark, is to prevent vehicles from being equipped with lighting (lights or reflectors) that could blind other drivers, or pose an electrical fire hazard.

I can't find anywhere in the MVAR that actually prohibits you from adding extra reflectors, as long as they are SAE approved (etc etc)

As long as they do not blind other drivers, I cannot see an officer giving you any grief for adding reflective tape to your vehicle. (other than getting laughed at because it's SO TACKY)

Most importantly, we're talking about adding reflectors to a freakin' scooter. Honestly.. no one is going to care, and it's going to help drivers see you sooner, and keep you safe. I'd say go for it.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:32 PM   #5
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The CVs have lots of added white/clear retro reflective tape on the back & sides and I added some on the back of my saddle bags for more visibility. I can't see where adding reflective tape would be a problem, even for traffic nazis like me & Skidmark.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:37 PM   #6
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Sorry guys, but I'm new at this.
The MVAR document Rich linked, is this supposed to be my reference for BC transportation law?

To me, it seems like all other transportation regulations, overly strict and pretty much telling us to run things stock. Sometimes, we can push the regulations a bit within common sense?

My plan is to increase visibility as much as possible without:
a. looking like a dork
b. distracting other drivers
c. too much extra equipment

I flipped through the link you guys supplied, but can't seem to find anywhere that regulates paint and rider gear?

I'm going to assuming safety vests are ok? Since a lot of motorcycle gear has built in retro-reflecting stripes?


I was thinking of repainting my scooter and helmet white, then add this:
http://www.duplicolor.com/products/niteLites/

And I have not idea whether it's legal or not
Maybe a couple coats on my helmet, but lightly on the body panels.


Any maybe even rim tape.
http://www.tapeworks.com/Customer%20...arniereR1.html
There's no light emitting from me on the sides at all and it's making me just a tad paranoid.
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You know those trucks where the owner installs mud flaps on the rear wheels that have shiny chrome strips on them? Do they ever get pulled over and told off for blinding the driver behind them?
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That true.

I haven't been pulled over yet, I just hope I never get cited with swapping my bulbs or using a slightly louder than stock exhaust.

It would be very difficult for me to bite my tongue.
I'd be tempted to say,
Let make a deal, if we sit here for the next 10 minutes, and if 3 of these passes by, you gotta let me go alright? Cause they are more of a nuisance, and danger to others.
  1. Cars with illegal HIDs
  2. Sportbike or harley louder than my scooter
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The CVs have lots of added white/clear retro reflective tape on the back & sides and I added some on the back of my saddle bags for more visibility. I can't see where adding reflective tape would be a problem, even for traffic nazis like me & Skidmark.


thank you, this is very good to know, because I am planning on adding reflective wheel tape just like in the picture below on my wheels as well for extra visibility at night.

I am doing this for 2 safety related reasons, first would be that the rims are black and blend in especially at night so are not easily seen, and the second is because the wheels stick out past the fender slightly so I think it's important for people to realize where the wheel is exactly so it doesn't get sideswiped or something.


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thank you, this is very good to know, because I am planning on adding reflective wheel tape just like in the picture below on my wheels as well for extra visibility at night.

I am doing this for 2 safety related reasons, ......second is because the wheels stick out past the fender slightly so I think it's important for people to realize where the wheel is exactly so it doesn't get sideswiped or something.


i48.photobucket.com/albums/f237/Gdirty5/G%20Cruise%208-15-10/IMG_4360.jpg
would it not be considered illegal to have your wheels slightly poking past ur fenders?

imho, i know what ur car looks like...and i think it would look better without the reflective tape on the lip...
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^ not if the tires are inside the fender haha, the law is something specific about mud and debris being flung toward the vehicle behind you, so yea tires are inside the fender.

But yea man I'm gonna rock the tape for a bit see how I feel about it. If it grows on me it's staying, but if I even happen to stay neutral in my opinion of it, it's coming right off. I know what you mean though man, gloss black lip really pops so I'm probably not even gonna need the tape.

I'm just gonna have to wash the lips almost everyday, because once it gets dirty it turns matte loses the shine so it's less visible.
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thank you, this is very good to know, because I am planning on adding reflective wheel tape just like in the picture below on my wheels as well for extra visibility at night.

I am doing this for 2 safety related reasons, first would be that the rims are black and blend in especially at night so are not easily seen, and the second is because the wheels stick out past the fender slightly so I think it's important for people to realize where the wheel is exactly so it doesn't get sideswiped or something.


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just how far does your wheel stick out if someone can hit it without hitting your car?
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Umm, so, does anybody know anything about the legality of paint?
http://www.duplicolor.com/products/niteLites/
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