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Regulations and Information

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Our reflective materials, production processes and end products have to follow specific regulations to ensure they are fit and suitable for their purpose.
Below we document these regulations and offer a quick explanation for each of them.

Conspicuity Tape Regulations - ECE 104

ECE104 is the regulation that outlines the technical requirements to approved retro-reflective marking tapes for trucks and trailers in Europe.

The materials are divided in 3 classes:

In terms of reflectivity, Class "C" is the highest grade and Class "E" the lowest grade. It is the application of the Class "C" conspicuity tapes which is becoming law.

ECE104 does not include any details about the actual application of the tapes on to the vehicles - this information is today* all found in Regulation 48.

Reflexite is the original inventor of the technology used for the ECE104 approved safety marking tapes, and today Reflexite is one of the world's leading producers in this market.

* When ECE104 was included into Regulation 48, the Annex 9 which previously contained application guidelines, was deleted from the regulation.


The ECE 104 tape must be placed at specific points on a heavy goods vehicle. The conspicuity tape placement images below help to explain where these tapes need to be placed.

The colour of the tape (markings) on the rear and side of these vehicles must also be in line with the regulations laid down by The Department for Transport

Further information and the full documentation supplied by The Department for Transport can be seen below.

The Department for Transport has set down some guidelines on the standards for conspicuity tape, all of our conspicuity tape matches these examples and allows our customers to be sure that when they purchase this tape, they are going to not only get the best quality but a product in which they can trust.

UNECE Regulation 48 requires that the location designated for installing the markings shall allow for marking material at least 60mm in width. The actual width of the marking material is specified in UNECE Regulation 104, which states the width should be 50mm (+10 -0). So provided the vehicle will accept markings of 60mm it is acceptable to fit any marking material approved to Regulation 104. The certification approval process for conspicuity products is done to ensure that they meet requirements for colour, reflectivity and durability set out in Regulation ECE104. The E marking, as shown, is a proof that the product has been tested, certified and meets all the requirements of ECE 104. Without the E-mark, the product is not compliant with the regulation.

Conspicuity Tape Placement

Chapter 8 - Guidelines

The use of chapter 8 compliant vehicle livery is considered the best practice and we recommend that any vehicles stopping on UK roads for works or inspection purposes should be compliant, It is intended to provide a standard of good practice and is considered as the minimum requirement, which should always be achieved.

Whilst Chapter 8 is not legislation, by not complying with these guidelines you are leaving yourself open to potential legal action should an accident happen involving your fleet.

Officially the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 and the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978 require all clients, employers and employees to establish and maintain safe systems of work. Chapter 8 may be considered as representing what is reasonably practicable for the enforcement of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order 1978, and associated regulations.Chapter 8 sets out a code of practice to enable the legal requirements to be met in a wide variety of circumstances. Although it has no statutory force (except in Northern Ireland where an authorised officer for the Department may deem it to have such force); it should be noted that many of the basic principles contained in this document are also covered in the Safety at Street Works and Road Works - A Code of Practice, which has legal backing under Sections 65 and 124 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Article 25 of the Street Works (NI) Order 1995.


Compliance with the Chapter 8 Specifications is recommended for use on all types of highway particularly high speed roads.

All vehicles stopping on the highway for works purposes or inspections shall:

High visibility rear markings should comprise either:


These markings should cover as much of the rear-facing portion of the vehicle as possible without obscuring windows, vehicle lighting or registration plates.

Marked Signage - CE

All permanent signs must now be CE marked to comply with EU ruling. Everyone of our signs now has a CE marked sticker on the back to prove its validity and to conform to EU specifications

CE Marking is a declaration by the manufacturer (through third party verified testing) that the product meets all the appropriate provisions of the relevant legislation implementing specific European Directive(s). CE Marking provides companies easier access into the European market to sell their products without adaptation or rechecking.

Section 64 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA) defines a traffic sign as:

Any object or device for conveying, to traffic on roads or any specified class of traffic, warnings, information, requirements, restrictions or prohibitions of any description.

Components used within the manufacture of these road traffic signs, including the finished product MUST be CE marked in accordance with this standard. It therefore includes


BS EN 12899-1: 2007 covers all components used in the manufacture of road traffic signs, including the finished product. Any sign manufacturer involved in the production and/or supply of signs that will be used on roads used by the public, including those situated on private land, must conform fully to BS EN 12899-1: 2007. If a sign fails to conform, after 1 July 2013 it will become unlawful to place it on the public or private road network. Temporary and gantry signs fall outside the scope of this standard and are not affected by CE Marking regulations.

Sign manufacturers cannot put a CE mark on their products unless these have been assessed as meeting the performance requirements of BS EN 12899-1: 2007. Our materials cover all of these requirements to help speed up the accreditation process. More significantly, sign manufacturers must also implement a Factory Production Control (FPC) system in accordance with BS EN 12899-4: 2007 and here.

ORAFOL® have developed a number of documents to guide the end user as well as sign makers through the CE Marking process.

Our CE Marked vinyl products include:

The documents relating to each material can be found in the links section next to them, the ones with CE marking are clearly marked

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Tennants UK Ltd Duke Street, New Basford, Nottingham. NG77JN Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5.00pm

General Enquires  0115 9738080  sales@tennantsuk.com

Number Plates  0115 9738084  sales@tennantsuk.com

Highway Equipment & Signs 0115 9738088  tmsales@tennantsuk.com

Reflective Solutions 0115 9738087  reflective@tennantsuk.com

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