If you own, operate, sell or service any goods vehicle over 7.5 tonnes or trailers over 3.5 tonnes then you need to know about ECE104. Declared mandatory since July 2011, and introduced in a number of European countries, ECE104 is a regulation that establishes guidelines for the use of retro-reflective safety markings on heavy goods vehicles operating on our roads.
Introduced in July 2011 all newly registered vehicles need to be equipped with side and rear reflective markings.
Currently the vehicle categories that are affected are:
There are two requirements: partial contour marking and complete contour marking. Marking should cover at least 80% of the total length and be as close as to the edge of the vehicle as practicable.
ECE104 vehicle safety markings require 50mm to 60mm wide strips of highly reflective material to be applied to the rear and sides of vehicles, so that trucks and trailers are more visible to other road users from a distance of up to 1000 metres at night. This ensures that commercial vehicles can be seen by motorway drivers up to 8-9 seconds earlier than would otherwise be the case and as such is a key development in reducing risk on busy roads.