Po­lice to use ed­u­ca­tion on light bar laws be­fore fines is­sued

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - An­drew Bros­nan

Gold­fields traf­fic po­lice have promised to em­bark on an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign be­fore they start dish­ing out fines for in­cor­rectly at­tach­ing LED light bars to ve­hi­cles.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port this month is­sued a tem­po­rary ex­emp­tion un­der the WA Road Traf­fic (Ve­hi­cles) Reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing driv­ers to law­fully fit LEDs to their ve­hi­cles.

Aus­tralian De­sign Stan­dards have been amended to al­low for ad­di­tional head­lights on ve­hi­cles and the DoT have is­sued the three-year ex­emp­tion, which ex­pires on Au­gust 8, 2018, to al­low WA driv­ers to make use of this amend­ment.

How­ever strict con­di­tions still ap­ply to the use of LEDs, and fail­ing to ad­here to those stan­dards will see driv­ers hit with a $100 fine and two de­merit points.

Driv­ers must en­sure light bars are placed at the front of the ve­hi­cle, are not higher than the front edge of the bon­net, and in­stalled hor­i­zon­tally at the lon­gi­tu­di­nal cen­tre line of the ve­hi­cle.

The LEDs must also be for­ward fac­ing and po­si­tioned in a way that the light pro­duced does not cause the driver of the ve­hi­cle dis­com­fort, ei­ther di­rectly or by re­flec­tion while in the nor­mal driv­ing po­si­tion.

They must only op­er­ate when the high-beam head­lights are in op­er­a­tion and must au­to­mat­i­cally turn off when the high-beam head­lights are turned off.

A man­ual switch must be pro­vided to al­low the driver to de­ac­ti­vate the light bar so that it is not on whether the high beam is on or off.

This switch must be ac­ces­si­ble to the driver of the ve­hi­cle from the nor­mal driv­ing po­si­tion.

Light bars must only emit white light, can not ob­struct the driver’s view of the road­way more than 11m ahead of the driver’s eye po­si­tion when look­ing through the wind­screen, with the driver’s seat in the rear­most po­si­tion.

A max­i­mum of four bars may be fit­ted to a ve­hi­cle.

Gold­fields-Esper­ance Traf­fic Unit Sergeant Rus­sell Cham­ber­lain said po­lice would look to ed­u­cate driv­ers be­fore is­su­ing fines or de­mer­its.

“As this is new, lo­cal traf­fic en­force­ment of­fi­cers will be adopt­ing an ed­u­ca­tion ap­proach for a pe­riod of time be­fore com­menc­ing en­force­ment by in­fringe­ment,” he said.

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