Should a motorcycle have V-16 emergency lights?

Should a motorcycle have V-16 emergency lights?


In the event of an accident or breakdown, motorcyclists can place the triangles or failing that turn on the lights V-16but they are not required to do so. Motorcycles are a lighter vehicle and can be removed more easily from the road, so its presence on the hard shoulder less hinders other road users.

the devices of emergency warning They are a fundamental element to warn other drivers of an anomaly on the road, be it an accident or a breakdown. The classic reflective triangles have been the quintessential emergency signal to date, but will soon be replaced by the V-16 lights. At the moment, both systems coexist.

V-16 lights will replace the triangles

From July 1the V-16 lights already legally replace the traditional signal, but for now both can be used interchangeably. The advantage of lights V-16 is that they rest on the roof of the car, turn on instantly and They emit visible flashes a kilometer away. From January 1, 2026, the triangles will be prohibited and only the lights can be used.

Vehicle regulations do not require motorcyclists to carry a pre-signalling device, and many did not do so until now due to the Difficulty of transporting the triangles. V-16 lights are smaller and can simply be attached to a metal part of the bike or, if you don’t have one, to the guardrail.

These devices are fixed with a powerful magnet and emit flashes in car yellow color and at an angle of 360 degrees. Improve the visibility of the stationary vehicleparticularly at night or with rain or fog, and also facilitate the alert maneuver for people with reduced mobility. In addition, with these systems road safety will be significantly improved.

The placement of the triangles requires walk along the shoulder to locate them where they can be seen sufficiently in advance by other motorists. In a emergency situation becomes dangerous. The DGT registered 42 deaths by hit and run on interurban roads for abandoning the vehicle after an accident or breakdown between 2018 and 2020.

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