Com­ply with light bar law

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

They are the same rules which ap­ply to fish­ing rod hold­ers and any­thing else which can cre­ate an edge to pedes­tri­ans. Sen. Sgt Paul Arnold

Mo­torists are be­ing urged to en­sure LED light bars are fit­ted within re­quire­ments af­ter changes to laws re­gard­ing in­stal­la­tion of ad­di­tional lights were in­tro­duced this month.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port in­tro­duced a three-year ex­emp­tion to a law which pre­vi­ously meant LED light bars had to be fit­ted in pairs.

Anger has been di­rected at the fact lights could not legally be fit­ted on top of bull bars or on the roof.

Kar­ratha po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Paul Arnold said although light bars were a good safety ini­tia­tive for our roads, fit­ting them above bull bars and on the roof was a po­ten­tial safety haz­ard.

“They are the same rules which ap­ply to fish­ing rod hold­ers and any­thing else which can cre­ate an edge to pedes­tri­ans,” he said.

“Ve­hi­cles are de­signed in such a way that if a per­son is hit there are no jagged edges if they roll over the ve­hi­cle.

“On top of that when lights are roof-mounted the light can go in­side the cabin which causes a dis­trac­tion to the driver.”

Sen. Sgt Arnold said po­lice would roll out more public aware­ness of where and how light bars could be mounted to en­cour­age driv­ers to en­sure their set-ups were com­pli­ant.

Un­der the ex­emp­tion, up to four LED light bars can be in­stalled hor­i­zon­tally so long as they are be­low the front edge of the bon­net and sym­met­ri­cal about the ve­hi­cle.

They must also be for­ward fac­ing and switch off au­to­mat­i­cally when high beams are turned off.

A Change.org pe­ti­tion set up by Saul Yates is call­ing for a change of the law.

He claimed many LED light bars’ size and shape meant they could not fit on bull bars un­der the bon­net line.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port did not re­spond by time of print.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

This light bar is in­stalled il­le­galy.

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