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Coloured headlight protectors
« on: April 21, 2017, 10:04:03 am »
Are they legal and what is best to still get some light at night besides a clear one (yellow vs orange) ?
« Last Edit: April 21, 2017, 10:11:00 am by sidetrack »
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 10:11:22 am »
Are they legal

Some say they diffuse the light and thus not legal. Others say the orange is legal because it is amber which is legal.

what is best to still get some light at night besides a clear one ?

A removable one. Those HD velcro tabs works well. Easy to remove and put back.
Orange protector blocked a lot of light at night. (suppose that goes with the diffuse light argument)
Guessing yellow might be better.

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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 10:52:33 am »
roughly speaking...


they are accepted as legal between dusk and dawn, since they make you MORE visible to other vehicles..., (much like a Hi-Viz vest, and/or LED spotlights... in the daytime...


they are NOT legal after sunset and before sunrise, since TECHNICALLY, you are placing a diffuser/filter over a light source, thus 'dimming' it...
(drive around with one at nite, and you will REALLY stand out, but the EMITTED light is insufficient after dark...)


So they must be removable, usually with 3M Dual Lock (best) or else 3M 'Velcro'....


The authorities only 'accept' Amber (what we call Orange), though a good few people (incl Andy 660!) drive with Acid Yellow headlight protectors.


the closer you 'stray' to an emergency-services color, think RED or BLUE, the faster you WILL be pulled off the road, and fined. fact.


Stick with Amber (Orange) and you will be fine, between dawn and dusk: the regulation ALLOWING Amber is on the WD website....
you can print it out and stick it inside your topbox lid, and POLITELY show it to relevant authorities if stopped...


NOT valid out of South African borders, AFAIK..


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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 11:07:54 am »
Thanks makes sense must say I rode with Wiledog X and his orange cover on his DR made him stand out from far away ! Very handy for bikes if you ask me. Getting one from a fellow dog  :thumleft:
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 11:17:19 am »
all good, sidetrack!


now you are 'on'-track  :biggrin:
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 01:00:16 pm »
I think you saw this discussion on facebook. Check the answers there, the law wrt this was quoted.

They are illegal.
during the day and at night.

Do I care...no. I prefer paying a fine above dying.
Also, speedcops will give you grieve, but normally let you go with a warning if they cannot find something else to fine you on like they did with me.
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 01:42:17 pm »



NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 1999[/size]CHAPTER VIFITNESS OF VEHICLESPart IColour of lights181. (1) Subject to the provisions of regulation 170(1), 171(1), 172, 175 or 176, no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle which is fitted with or carries on it a lamp which--except in the case of a brake anti-lock warning light to the front of a trailer, emits a light which is not white, amber or yellow in colour towards the front;emits a light which is not yellow or amber in colour towards either side of the motor vehicle; orexcept in the case of a direction indicator or reversing lamp complying with the provisions of these regulations, emits a light which is not red in colour towards the rear.(2) When two or more lamps of the same class emitting light in the same direction are fitted to a vehicle they shall emit light of the same colour.
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 01:51:58 pm »
Since I have started commuting by car and with low light early morning and later afternoon I wish all the bikers commuting would use one.

On a double lane filled with cars with their lights on it just makes it so much easier to spot the bikes coming through.

Legal or not is open for interpretation, I have in many years of riding not had a single problem using these.

Thats all I have to say on the subject, it has been argued to dead many times over on the forum so I am out before we start discussing how it affects CoG in traffic...

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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 02:42:21 pm »



NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 1999[/size]CHAPTER VIFITNESS OF VEHICLESPart IColour of lights181. (1) Subject to the provisions of regulation 170(1), 171(1), 172, 175 or 176, no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle which is fitted with or carries on it a lamp which--except in the case of a brake anti-lock warning light to the front of a trailer, emits a light which is not white, amber or yellow in colour towards the front;emits a light which is not yellow or amber in colour towards either side of the motor vehicle; orexcept in the case of a direction indicator or reversing lamp complying with the provisions of these regulations, emits a light which is not red in colour towards the rear.(2) When two or more lamps of the same class emitting light in the same direction are fitted to a vehicle they shall emit light of the same colour.

Thanks, so that also states then that the cover must cover dim and bright and you are not allowed spotless unless they are orange as well.

But anyhow, there is a rule that no light may be covered on a bike as well. So the colour doesn't matter but the cover itself is the issue. Which is why on the covers just about all will have printed that it is for offroad use only.
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Re: Coloured headlight protectors
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 03:43:10 pm »



NATIONAL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, 1999[/size]CHAPTER VIFITNESS OF VEHICLESPart IColour of lights181. (1) Subject to the provisions of regulation 170(1), 171(1), 172, 175 or 176, no person shall operate on a public road a motor vehicle which is fitted with or carries on it a lamp which--except in the case of a brake anti-lock warning light to the front of a trailer, emits a light which is not white, amber or yellow in colour towards the front;emits a light which is not yellow or amber in colour towards either side of the motor vehicle; orexcept in the case of a direction indicator or reversing lamp complying with the provisions of these regulations, emits a light which is not red in colour towards the rear.(2) When two or more lamps of the same class emitting light in the same direction are fitted to a vehicle they shall emit light of the same colour.

Thanks, so that also states then that the cover must cover dim and bright and you are not allowed spotless unless they are orange as well.

But anyhow, there is a rule that no light may be covered on a bike as well. So the colour doesn't matter but the cover itself is the issue. Which is why on the covers just about all will have printed that it is for offroad use only.

Dim and bright falls in different classes. That rule was meant for cars with the yellow fog lamps in that both fog lamps had to be the same colour and not one amber and one yellow or white.