These are specific regulations which should not be taken lightly!
Signalling devices for service vehicles working on public highways are subject to very strict and specific regulations. If a vehicle is equipped with signalling devices that do not comply with these rules, the persons responsible for the vehicle fleet would be liable to prosecution in the event of an accident.
• Authorised products can be identified by an approval number which must appear on the actual product.
• The numbers and conditions under which signalling products have been validated and tested are indicated in a document issued by official bodies such as the UTAC in France.
• They comply with current French and/or European regulations.
• Applicable regulations in France: R65, Highway Code, Electromagnetic compatibility standard, etc.
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Certain vehicles have special horns that allow them to use special provisions of the French Highway Code and, for certain vehicles, to dispense with normal rules governing right of way (traffic lights, stop and give way signs, priority to the right). These special provisions of the French highway code are only applicable when:
• the vehicle is authorised to use these devices
• the urgency of the mission justifies it
• the special audible and visual signals are switched on
• the driver takes certain precautions, especially when crossing intersections.
In France, only emergency vehicles are authorised to use special audible and visual signals.
Article R. 311-1 of the French Highway Code makes a distinction between:
• priority emergency vehicles,
• emergency vehicles with right of way,
• Priority emergency vehicles include service vehicles of the police, gendarmerie, customs, fire brigades, mobile ICU response vehicles and vehicles of the Ministry of Justice assigned to transport convicts. Emergency vehicles with right of way include ambulances for medical transport, EDF and GDF response vehicles, SNCF patrol vehicles, Bank of France armoured vehicles, vehicles of paramedic associations or doctors participating in local response schemes, winter maintenance vehicles, response vehicles belonging to motorway or dual-carriageway management operators.
Visual warning devices
Article R. 313-27 of the French Highway Code states that:
• priority emergency vehicles can be equipped with special rotating lights or special signalling lightbars. This system is defined in a circular. It specifically consists of blue rotating lights.
• all emergency vehicles with right of way may be equipped — following prior prefectural authorisation — with special flashing lights. This device is defined in a circular. It specifically consists of blue strobe lights.
• all emergency vehicles can be equipped with additional signalling devices made up of fluorescent or retro-reflecting elements. For fire and rescue vehicles this is an amber strip.
Article R. 313-28 of the French Highway Code states that certain slow-moving or oversized vehicles can be equipped with special lights and additional signalling devices made up of fluorescent or retro-reflecting elements. Specifically, these are amber rotating lights or two amber strobe lights.
Audible warning devices
Article R313-34 states that:
• priority emergency vehicles can be equipped with special horns in addition to the horns that are required for every motorised vehicle;
• emergency vehicles with right of way, with the exception of winter maintenance vehicles, can be equipped with special tones in addition to the horns that are required for every motorised vehicle;
Geneva regulation R.65:
“Uniform prescriptions on the approval of special lights for automobiles”
French order of 30-10-1987 amended by the order of 23 December 2004:
Defines the duties, in terms of visual signals, to be fulfilled by category A and category B vehicles in order to receive approval. The order defines, in particular, the number of lights, their characteristics, types and mandatory positions.
The letter of 24 February 2003 from the French Ministry of Infrastructure to the Ministry of the Interior authorises emergency vehicles to be equipped with “grill lights”
Article R.313-27 of the French Highway Code, definition of vehicle categories that can be equipped with additional signals.
Article R.313-28 of the French Highway Code, authorisation for slow-moving vehicles to be equipped with special lights.
Article R.314-34 of the French Highway Code, authorisation for vehicle categories A and B to be equipped with additional audible signals
French Order of 04 July 1972: Type of lights that must be installed on slow-moving vehicles.
French Order of 03 November 1987: Approval of special signalling lightbars and audible signals for priority vehicles.
French Order of 04 May 2006: Conditions for equipping farm and forestry vehicles with light signalling devices.
Regulation – EN 12352
EN 12352 standard
|Class||Light output surface||Beamwidth||Brightness|
|EN||in cm²||Horizontal||Vertical||Minimum in candela||Maximum in candela|
|L1||(cf. EN 12352 ; 4.1.2)||300°||+5° to -5°||1||100|
|L2L||>18||+7° to -7°||+7° to -7°||25||100|
|L2H||>18||+7° to -7°||+7° to -7°||150||1500|
|L3||>75||+10° to -10°||+5° to -5°||2||100|
|L4(F2)||>140||+10° to -10°||+5° to -5°||43||100|
|L5||>140||+2° to -2°||+2° to -2°||500||2000|
|L6||2 x 250||+10° to -10°||+5° to -5°||10||100|
|L7||>250||+10° to -10°||+5° to -5°||20||100|
|L8G||>250||+7,5° to -7,5°||+5° to -5°||25||100|
|L8L||>250||+7,5° to -7,5°||+5° to -5°||250||500|
|L8M||>250||+7,5° to -7,5°||+5° to -5°||500||1500|
|L8H||>250||+7,5° to -7,5°||+5° to -5°||1500||5000|
|L9L||>700||+1,5° to -1,5°||+1,5° to -1,5°||500||2000|
|L9M||>700||+1,5° to -1,5°||+1,5° to -1,5°||2000||8000|
|L9H||>700||+1,5° to -1,5°||+1,5° to -1,5°||20000||40000|