Police to use education on light bar laws before fines issued
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.