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Africa Warning triangle in Namibia.

mmgemini

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I'm reading that now you need to carry at least one double sided reflective triangle in Namibia. A 300$ fine for non compliance.

Also that reflective tape may be needed on the vehicle.

Can anybody shed any light on the tape bit especially.

The triangle is no problem.
 
I'm reading that now you need to carry at least one double sided reflective triangle in Namibia. A 300$ fine for non compliance.

Also that reflective tape may be needed on the vehicle.

Can anybody shed any light on the tape bit especially.

The triangle is no problem.

Are you an RAC or AA member?
they should be able to help
or try their websites
A printout of official advice from them would be a good idiea to carry with you.
What about the Foriegn office website?
 
Many countries in Southern Africa require drivers to carry one or two warning triangles.

As a safety precaution I always carry two. It is common practice to attach the triangles on the bullbar in full view so that the cops know that you probably know the rules, and are an old hand at African roadblocks so they leave you alone or hassle you less.

Tape is required for all commercial vehicles in Zambia (a Landy is considered to be commercial). You must have white reflective tape on the front, red at the back, and yellow on the sides. There is no SADC regional ruling on reflective tape yet, so this doesn''t necessarily apply to other countries...yet.

Frank (El Stiemo) is in Namibia, and he'll know. I'm sure he'll be around sometime today...

Marc
 

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El Stiemo is from Namibia and will soon give you the answers.

In South Africa you won't need either legally although the triangles are always a good idea. The yellow reflective tape in South Africa is for vehicles with a gvm > 3500kg and for trailers.
 
Thanks Marc.
Not having a bull bar I can't tie the triangle there.:D :D

We've picked this up from the Overland Forum. Apart from the triangle bit details are very sketchy to say the least.

I was going to stick some reflective tape to the non reflective side of my triangle. Reckong that would do.
 
I haven't heard of anything. I'm on my way to the test station now so I'll find out if they are aware of anything.
 
Eish! I missed that one. From January 2005 all vehicles (excluding motor cycles etc.) MUST have a triangle. So that means cars and that also then inlcudes Land Rovers.
 
Your local branch of NETTO should have warning triangles in at the moment, all for the princely some of 99p each. (if in the UK of course)
 
Your local branch of NETTO should have warning triangles in at the moment, all for the princely some of 99p each. (if in the UK of course)

I have two nice solid ex MOD traingles. I don't at present want to swap them for some cheap plastic rubbish.
As I have already said the triangle is [are] not a problem.
The reflective tape requirement is.
 
Hi guys, only saw this now.

The story about the triangle is correct. Please note that that fine is indees 300 Dollars, but Namibian Dollars, not US ones. Same fine for not wearing a seatbelt or for use of mobile phone without an installed car kit or a hands - free kit.

On private, light commercial vehicles the reflective requirements are: two red reflectors on the rear of the vehicle and two white ones in front. They must be independently affixed to the vehicle body seperately from any light cluster. If the overall length of the vehicle is greater than I think 6 meters or on a truck, yellow reflectors are required at regular intervals on the sides and a rear chevron plate must be fixed to the tailgate.

Reflective tape is only required in Zambia at present on private vehicles but is a to be made a requirement soon on Namibian trucks and heavy vehicles. We use the 3M product on ours and it works really well and is not all that expensive.

Hope that helps.
 
Thanks.
So I don't need any reflective tape on my Defender ?

Iv'e not fitted the white reflectors to the front of my Defender :D :D . So far no problems but I think a visit to Cymot is now a must.:eek:

As for the triangle. Will I get away with adding refelctive tape to the rear of my triangle or must I buy a new double sided triangle ??

I'd rather get these things sorted now as I don't want to be running round like a headless chicken a couple of days before we go to the docks.
 
Thanks.
So I don't need any reflective tape on my Defender ?

Iv'e not fitted the white reflectors to the front of my Defender :D :D . So far no problems but I think a visit to Cymot is now a must.:eek:

As for the triangle. Will I get away with adding refelctive tape to the rear of my triangle or must I buy a new double sided triangle ??

Hi

No reflectve tape is needed on the Defender in Namibia. In Zambia, yes. White reflectors on the front, these el - cheapo plastic stick - ons are fine, one for each side below the headlamps.

A visit to Cymot is always a good idea, one of the reasons why i needed heavy - duty springs for my 110 is because I keep visiting their branches and buying kit. I shall soon be requiring a trailer... :rolleyes:

Don't want to give wrong advice about the triangle story, but reflective tape on the one side and the "real" surface on the other side "should" probably be fine.

The police rarely check this, I have never heard of any vehicle or owner having this checked on the road... At the testing centre yes for local roadworthy test on vehicles conveying passengers and goods but on the road in a private vehicle no.

When are you coming down here? Offloading Walvis Bay or Cape Town?

First beer's on me.
 
As for the triangle. Will I get away with adding refelctive tape to the rear of my triangle or must I buy a new double sided triangle ??
Why add reflective tape, get yerself a 99p one from Netto's (presuming your not too proud to visit one) and velcro it to the back of your super dooper military one :D
 
August.
Hopefully. I've started to re=prepare the Defender.

http://www.landroveraddict.com/smf/index.php?topic=358612.0


We'll fly out on a Wednesday from London. Arrive Windheok {sp] stay at The Roof of Africa and get the Intercape to Walvis Bay on the Friday morning. I expect Andre will pick us up from the bus station to take us to his place which is Annas Inn on Atlantic Street.
Depending on when the Defender arrives depends on when we leave.
AFAIK we're heading NW to meet friends to do a couple of weeks dry river bed driving. Maybe meet friends from Cape Town to go into CKGR Then the next date will be for the boat back.
Being Africa things can and will change.

I'll be visiting your town to buy some boots before we leave Walvis.
 
Guys!

I think there may be some confusion here:

The triangles are plastic or metal items that are free standing. I suspect Marc put his on the bullbar to have them handy in the event of the vehicle suddenly coming to a standstil. Normally, they would be stashed away some place inside the vehicle.

Once the vehicle is parked next to the road (whether you are stopping for a pee, to change a tyre, to put out and engine fire or anything in between, you are supposed to put one triangle in front of the vehicle and another behind the vehicle. If memory serves me, the triangles should be something like 20m away from the vehicle (I stand corrected on the distance).

The rules regarding red reflectors, yellow reflectors and white reflectors vary from one country to another.

Generally, you can't go wrong by putting two 6" x 2" white reflective stickers on the front bumper - one under each headlight. I've been done in Zambia in the past for having round white reflectors.

The same goes for the back of the truck. Two simple red reflective stickers 150mm x 50mm (6" x 2") on the back will keep the plod happy no matter where you are.

Your local signwriters can do the stickers for you.

The issue of chevrons and reflective tape varies from country to country. As a general rule, any vehicle with a GVM greater than 3500kg should have yellow tape down the side (3M have a monopoly on this stuff) and a chevron at the back.

Now, your 110 may or may not have a GVM of 3500kg. Fully loaded it probably weighs in between 2500 - 3000kg's, but remember you are travelling in Africa and the scale at the weighbridge may have last been asized ten years ago, meaning that when you go over it your vehicle could well weigh closer to four tons.

Thus, I would recommend running the 3M tape down the length of your rock slider and getting your local sign writer to make up a chevron using red and yellow reflective material to fit onto your rear cross member.

You will need a 50mm x 50mm (minimum size) red reflective sticker (the same stuff as for the back) inside the drivers door for certain countries. The Zimbabwean authorities are particularly pedantic about this. Stick it just above the door latch.

You will also need a blue and yellow triangle on the front of the truck if travelling to Mozambique. The round white reflectors on the photo below will get you in trouble in Zambia...
 

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Guys!

I think there may be some confusion here:

No confusion here Bvud ;)

I keep my triangles on the bullbar so that the cops can see that I have a set. That way there's one less question they have to ask. It also tells the cop that I'm an old hand, so I'm probably not a soft touch for a bribe.

Mozambique doesn't require foreign vehicles to carry a blue and yellow triangle. A standard red plastic triangle with reflectors is acceptable for a foreign vehicle in Moz.

Non 3M (but still SABS approved) reflective tape is available from most spares shops, however, the 3M stuff is the best quality, and reflects better than the other stuff. The 3M yellow tape is expensive, simply because of the new legislation forcing all trailer owners to put the stuff on their trailers. Supply and demand :rolleyes:
 
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