Western Australian police have released some new information and guidelines on LED light bar laws, which will make many fall foul of legality.
LED light bars have become a hugely popular form of auxiliary lighting on 4X4s over the past few years, and it has caught legislation on the hop. Recently, Queensland and South Australian road authorities have made amendments to the LED light bar laws, to allow the fitment of light bars on places where they were previously illegal.
Not long ago, old laws stipulated that lights had to be fitted in pairs, and fitted equally apart on the vehicle, effectively banning all decent-sized bars being fitted. To clear things up, Western Australian Police have issued an exemption that runs for three years, from 8th August 2015. Light bars are allowed to be fitted, overcoming the laws that didn’t accommodate light bars. But, the new LED light bar laws come with caveats.
The exemption is subject to compliance with the following conditions:
– The LED light bar(s) must be installed at the front of the vehicle and not higher than the front edge of the bonnet.
– The LED light bar(s) must be installed horizontally and located symmetrically about the longitudinal centre line of the vehicle.
– The LED light bar(s) must be forward facing and positioned in a way that the light produced does not cause the driver of the vehicle discomfort, either directly or by reflection while in the normal driving position.
– The LED light bar(s) must only operate when the high beam headlights are in operation and must automatically turn off when the high beam headlights are turned off.
– A manual switch must be provided to allow the LED light bar to be deactivated, so that it is not on whether the high beam is on or off. This switch must be accessible to the driver of the vehicle from the normal driving position.
– The LED light bar(s) must only emit white light.
– The LED light bar(s) shall not obstruct the driver’s view of the roadway more than 11 metres ahead of the driver’s eye position when looking through the windscreen, with the driver’s seat in the rearmost position.
– One or more (to a maximum of four) LED light bars may be fitted as additional driving lamps.
Here are some examples of fitments that are allowed:
The fitment of LED light bars atop the top hoop of your bullbar isn’t illegal, nor is it on your roof rack: