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LIGHT AND LIGHT BAR LEGALITIES

Authorities have been slow to catch up with new technology.

In all Australian states you can be booked for mounting lights and light bars incorrectly. All jurisdictions have slightly different rules, of course, but we've made some 'best fit' guidelines.


Under the requirements of Australia Design Rule (ADR) 13/00, additional lamps must be fitted in pairs, in accordance with the requirements for driving lamps. However, the Commonwealth has issued approvals for the certification of new vehicles fitted with LED light bars that are not fitted in pairs, in order to respond to light bar technology.

The maximum number of driving lights is four, arranged as two pairs of driving lights, four light bars, or two spotties and two light bars. Three can be fitted – usually a light bar and two driving lights - provided that the light bar is centred.

Mounting positions for all numbers of lights and light bars must be symmetrical, relative to the centre line of the vehicle.

Switching and wiring must restrict driving light operation to synchronise with high beam and the vehicle’s high beam must be operable without the driving lights being illuminated.

Light bars must be located horizontally.

Only WA specifically excludes roof mounting, but all jurisdictions state that light positioning must not cause dazzle or discomfort to oncoming drivers and other road users.

Lights must be forward facing, so having a driving light or light bar as reversing lights could be problematic. The same goes for lights that are angled noticeably outwards as cornering or very wide-spread lights

No part of the light should be visible from the driver’s seat, so no bar-top light bar or driving light mountings.




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