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4X4 News: LED Light Bar Laws in Western Australia

Fitment of a light bar like this in Western Australia isn't deemed legal.

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.

Fitment of a light bar like this in Western Australia isn't deemed legal.
Fitment of a light bar like this in Western Australia isn’t deemed legal.

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:
LED light bar laws
LED light bar laws

 

The fitment of LED light bars atop the top hoop of your bullbar isn’t illegal, nor is it on your roof rack:

 

LED light bar laws
LED light bar laws

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  • According to the revised Dept Transport WA document IB-132C like Jay has written below – you are permitted to install on the roof bar/rack providing they face forward and you do not exceed the maximum of 6 lights – including headlights ( if headlight are duals the only 2 additional lights may be fitted)

    There is a picture in the document with green ticks in these areas.

    https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/licensing/LBU_VS_IB_132.pdf

    Fitting of HID or LED bulbs in your existing halogen lights is illegal. The vehicle is required to be examined and a modification certificate issued and must meet the full requirements of ADR13 and be fitted with a self-levelling device and a cleaning device.

    Hope this helps some others to do right – it may save a fine, demerits or unroadworthy being issued.

  • Reading IB132-C most up to date transport rules on external lighting it does not make a reference to roof top leds being illegal only top of Bull Bars as this can cause Further injury to a padestrian in the event of a accident. Not sure were you go this info from but your wrong…

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  • Hi, are you able to transport a bar light on your roof if it’s disconnected? Wheather it’s forward or rear facing? The reason I ask is I use mine on farms and for setting up camps in the outback.

  • This line is incorrect: The fitment of LED light bars atop the top hoop of your bullbar isn’t illegal, nor is it on your roof rack:
    Should read “IS illegal”

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