Automotive Retroreflective tape

eggsalad

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Perhaps slightly off topic, delete if so... but it relates to being seen at night, so maybe?
Sometimes called conspicuity tape, and I'm wondering how, if at all, it is regulated. Instances where it's required, where it's permitted, or where it's not allowed.

Thank you
 

3_gun

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Don't know of any laws but general guidelines I was given to use was; white is placed to be seen from the front, red from the rear & yellow from the sides. Flashing lights were preferred on oversized loads with the same basic guidelines. That said my bike vest is reflective lime green mesh
 

louie

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I suspect you might have to narrow your field of interest down, and geographic area . I don't know any of the laws/regs, but bought some for my bicycle from Identi-tape. They mention many agencies in the USA, including NFPA (National Fire Protection codes), ASTM (American Society for testing/materials), Coast Guard, NHTSA, OSHA, ANSI, etc. I bet there are a ton of laws/regs/recommendations.

My bike vest is also lime green mesh, but with wide 3M retroreflective stripes meeting "ANSI Class 2".
 

arrgh my eyes!!

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I’ll go to court against any government agency or law that says I can’t wear super reflective gear up to and including anti-paparazzi clothing while biking…

But because this is tagged automotive, would you be referring to placing this on your vehicle? That definitely may be more of a legal gray area
 

bykfixer

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DOT regulations would be where to look. Or a federal book called MUTCD (manual on uniform traffic control devices)
I don't know where it's not allowed but do know it's required on a bunch of stuff on the roadways like the side of semi trailors, stationary items like portable changing message signs etc.
 

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Interesting thread here.

:lovecpf:

From my personal testing, I can tell you that
SOLAS Marine grade retroreflective tape
is FAR SUPERIOR to anything in my local
Auto Supply stores !

Specifically, brand Reflexite (now called ORALITE)
is VERY impressive, even after 15+ years of service !
:clap:
_
 
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