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You must have lights ….It’s the law

Not many cyclists know this, but it is, in fact, the law – cyclists must have lights on their bikes in dark or low light conditions. And if you think it’s never something traffic officials enforce, you’d be wrong … one of our members was recently slapped with a R 600 fine for exactly that.

Besides breaking the law, you’re also putting yourself at even more risk. We know South African roads are hazardous environment for a cyclist, and as much as we are doing with our “Stay Wider Of The Rider” safe cycling campaign, it’s all pointless if drivers cannot see you.

There are many safety conscious motorists out there who are very vigilant about looking out for cyclists; and we often get feedback from them that they simply cannot see cyclists on the road in misty conditions.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS
Here’s the relevant section of the Road Traffic Act that pertains to bicycle lights:

Lamps and reflectors on pedal cycles
4. (1) A person may not ride a pedal cycle on a public road or pedal cycle lane during the period between sunset and sunrise unless—
(a) the pedal cycle is fitted in the front with a head lamp capable of emitting a white light in accordance with regulations 158 and 178 of the National Regulations;
(b) the pedal cycle is fitted at the rear with a rear lamp capable of emitting a red light in accordance with regulations 158 and 178 of the National Regulations; and
(c) the head lamp and rear lamp are kept lighted.
(2) A person may not ride a pedal cycle on a public road or pedal cycle lane at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable weather conditions, persons or vehicles on the public road or pedal cycle lane are not clearly discernible at a distance of 150 metres, unless the head lamp and rear lamp are kept lighted.
(3) A person may not ride a pedal cycle on a public road or pedal cycle lane unless—
(a) the pedal cycle is fitted on the front with a white retro-reflector in accordance with regulation 186(3) of the National Regulations; and
(b) the pedal cycle is fitted on the rear with a red retro-reflector in accordance with regulation 187(4) of the National Regulations.

So please… invest in front and rear cycling lights. They are not expensive, they are a legal requirement, and they will save your life.