S.I. No. 487/2009 - Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

S.I. No. 487 of 2009


Notice of the making of this Statutory Instrument was published in

“Iris Oifigiúil” of 11th December, 2009.

I, NOEL DEMPSEY, Minister for Transport, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 11 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 (No. 24 of 1961) and the National Roads and Road Traffic (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 ( S.I. No. 298 of 2002 ) (as adapted by the Public Enterprise (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002 ( S.I. No. 305 of 2002 )), hereby make the following regulations:

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2009.

2. These Regulations come into operation on 14 December 2009.

3. In these Regulations “Principal Regulations” means Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations 1963 ( S.I. No. 189 of 1963 ).

4. Article 29 of the Principal Regulations is amended by inserting after sub-article (4) the following:

“(5) In this article, ‘lit’ means the emission of a continuous light or a light that flashes not less than 60 times in each minute.”.

5. The following is substituted for Article 42 of the Principal Regulations:

“42. (1) Subject to sub-article (2), no lamp (other than direction indicators) fitted to a vehicle shall show or be constructed or adapted so as to be capable of showing a flashing light unless such light is invisible to persons outside the vehicle.

(2) This article does not apply to a lamp fitted to a pedal cycle in accordance with article 29.”.


GIVEN under my Official Seal,

7 December 2009.


Minister for Transport.


(This note is not part of the Instrument and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.)

These Regulations make it legal for pedal cyclists to use the flashing front and rear lamps that are in common usage.