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Old 11-26-2003, 17:51   #1 (permalink)
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OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

With OH&S rules currently running wild, changing the way we live and work, how long is it do you think until all cars on the road will have to wear some form of reflective stripes (like on many work uniforms) to make them more visible to other road users?

Maybe next cars, as well as trucks will have to beep when reversing. (thats not a dumb idea, but not law yet)

What other changes to you see happening to our cars in the not to distant future?
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

HHMMM I think they will be "NERF" cars wraped in bubble wrap
For those out there do you remember the NERF balls we had as kids.
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Old 11-26-2003, 18:03   #3 (permalink)
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

Well cars already have rear red reflectors by law anyway, the are just integrated into the tail lights, but I guess next will be white reflectors on the front, and yellow ones on the sides.

Oh and the reverse beep, I saw a nimbus with one, and it was quite loud, safe yes, but looked so funny, sounded like a truck reversing ....... LOL

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Old 11-26-2003, 18:06   #4 (permalink)
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

Someone had done some research and found that brake lights have more effect when they flash - or when they flash out of phase, increasing in frequency the harder the brake pedal is pushed. Not such a stupid idea when you consider the effectiveness of the V8 Supercars "brake foglight" flashing at times. I think you'd obviously need a traditional brake lamp, but im interested in this new development.


As for reflective stickers etc, I don't think this would happen. Maybe there will be a requirement coming into effect that we need bigger reflectors or have indicator lamps run as driving lamps like they do on the Land Rover Discovery/US cars.

I dont think they would expect the population to plaster their cars with reflective stripes - there definatley needs to be some form of differentiation to emergency service vehicles.

Our ute and Lancruiser at the fire brigade have the reversing beeper - one sounds quite sick.

The Fire Engines themselves have 2 reversing beepers each, out of phase, and very loud, certainly gets attention. Plus we have reverse light floodlamps and freight train airhorns but thats a story for another day.

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OH&S really would only apply to company cars I think. Lets face it, as much as they try, you can never really legislate enough to fix plain stupidity. Even nerf cars would probably have someone drive it into the river and say "I thought it would float"
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Old 11-26-2003, 18:15   #6 (permalink)
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

DONT GIVE THEM DUMB IDEAS!!! I was listening to Hinch on 3AW, and he said he thought Motorcycles should have front number plates and the riders should have E-TAGs strapped to their helmets to make it fair on motorists. HOW DUMB IS THAT???
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

Well i think the front number plate is fair, or cars should only have one as well, i agree to that point, but umm e-tags strapped to your head, thats plain stoopid.

well just wait for front number plates to be illuminated next.

The madness will never end or go away, it just becomes law, then we must conform.

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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

Yeah but um where the hell do you fit a front number plate on a bike?
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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

Under the headlight - would be a good place :0)

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Re: OH&S Laws and cars... Reflective stripes coming to a car near you!

That would place it directly in front of the radiator on my bike, covering about half of the area. (Assuming around the same size plate as the rear.)

No bike's are designed for front plates anywhere in the world. It is quite simply Bracks and Co thinking that they are missing out on a bit of revenue and will try and implement it at great cost to motorcyclists for very little revenue.

People like Hinch are clueless ratings chasers in much the same vein as Today Tonight etc etc.

The following link is a bit of info on the study.
Have a look at the bike on the first page and tell me where a practical place for a number plate would be.


http://members.iinet.net.au/~bjbm/gv...rontplates.pdf
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