Stationary vehicles left on the carriageway due to abandonment or accident represent a considerable hazard to following traffic. The necessity of making such obstacles discernible is not recognised by all drivers. Legislation sees three possibilities for this purpose: warning triangles, flashing lights and storm lanterns. None of these three methods can however be optically satisfactory. The emergency flashers now included in many vehicles during production do not qualify here as an allowable warning system and do not absolve the driver from his duty to erect a legally acceptable warning at the proper distance from the obstacle. Legislation enters into increasing detail concerning the subject of equipment with particular emphasis upon traffic and operating safety. The bill of the 4th amendment to the act prescribes the requirement for emergency flashers in newly constructed vehicles. Also the type testing of warning triangles will be undertaken more strenuously in the future. Similarly the improvement in visibility during the day by the use of daylight colours is foreseen and reflectivity should be improved. The dates of enforcement are seen as the 1St January, 1980 for the sale of the improved warning triangles and the 1St January, 1982 for their exclusive use. (TRRL)

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    Aumto-Motor-und Radfahrechund Oseterreichs

    A-1150 Vienna,   Austria 

    Auto-Motor- und Radfahrerbund Oesterreichs

    Mariahilfers+ raso 180
    A-1150 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Lukaschek, H
  • Publication Date: 1978-4


  • German

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  • Pagination: 8 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00309728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • ISBN: 80
  • Report/Paper Numbers: N37/38
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM