A light on your bike

Failure to use proper lighting on a bicycle is an offence under the Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963. Culprits can be hauled before a court of law and duly fined.

During “lighting-up time”, that is, the period beginning half an hour after sunset and ending half an hour before sunrise on the following morning, all cyclists are required to have fitted (and make use of) the following lighting on their bicycles:

One front lamp
One rear lamp

Front lamps
A front lamp means a lamp that is fitted to a non-mechanically propelled vehicle showing to the front a white or yellow light that is visible for a reasonable distance.

Rear lamps
A rear lamp is a lamp that is fitted to the rear of the bicycle and when lit, its red light should be visible for 152 meters (500 feet).

For those who bring their bikes for a walk instead of riding them, lamps do not need to be lit when stopped in traffic or when a person wheels the bicycle on foot as near as is possible to the left-hand edge of the road.

Extracted from The Irish Companion whose contributing editor was Brendan Nolan
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