Pedal reflector law

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Colin Nelson, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Colin Nelson

    Colin Nelson Guest

    I've been following the pedal reflector thread with mild interest (I'm
    informed that a certain amount of mental stimulation is a 'Good Thing'
    for those of us of more mature age), and whilst not riding a 'bent' I
    often ride a (fairly) normal upright with four fairly large panniers
    fitted. I suspect that the pedal reflectors may not be visible to
    other road users and therefore I mount lights/reflectors on said
    panniers in an effort to be reasonably sensible re safety. The law
    appears to be somewhat lacking in common sense here ie What makes it
    safer (or otherwise) that the age of the bicycle has any bearing on
    whether pedal reflectors are legally required (bearing in mind that
    the basic shape etc of bikes has not changed a great deal in many
    decades)?
     
    Colin Nelson, Oct 20, 2010
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    Peter Fox Guest

    Welcome to the land of the aircraft-less aircraft carrier,
    street and path lights that are switched off at night,
    and cycle-lamp laws that make a glow-worm's fart illegal.
     
    Peter Fox, Oct 20, 2010
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    TerryJ Guest

    I used to scrutinise the bicycle lighting regs and tried to keep legal
    but I finally gave up when the most recent review supposedly moving
    forward into the led future actually made the vast majority of
    perfectly good led lights illegal. I just make sure I am well lit and
    not blinding anyone and use reflective tape and reflectors front and
    backin a way that looks reasonable.
    I had pedal reflectors front and rear for winter, but being british
    standard they break off every 5 minutes if you can fit them at all to
    your spd pedals, so I replace them with reflective tape.
     
    TerryJ, Oct 20, 2010
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    Nigel Cliffe Guest

    As others have indicated, the law is an ass on this topic. I think Chris
    Juden of the CTC has an article on it somewhere on the CTC website.

    The date reflects when the law was brought in; it is very unusual for UK law
    to require retrospective changes to items already in use. So, loads of
    cycles without pedal reflectors would be around at the time the law was
    enacted.

    I've no idea of the penalty for breaking this silly law; probably nothing
    except a requirement on a cyclist to keep feed and house a weasel lawyer if
    there is an accident after dark.


    With a certain irony, the only bike of mine with legal pedal reflectors is
    the one which doesn't legally require them due to its date of manufacture !
    I do have reflective stuff and decent lights on bikes which are used after
    dark.



    - Nigel
     
    Nigel Cliffe, Oct 20, 2010
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    Owen Dunn Guest

    It looks like a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale. (So
    currently no more than L1000.)

    (S)
     
    Owen Dunn, Oct 21, 2010
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    Ace Guest

    You're having a larf, aintcha? In practice the worst that would happen
    would be a telling-off from the bobby, always assumning you'd done
    something else to get them to stop you in the first place.
     
    Ace, Oct 21, 2010
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