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Regulation and Specification Guide

For help in understanding how current regulations affect your business, and what you need to do to meet your legal obligations, click on the appropriate tabs below to access the guidance notes 3M has published on each topic.

Traffic Signing

Find information on BS EN 12899-1:2007 and BS 8408:2005, the two current standards for permanent traffic signage.

BS EN 12899-1:2007

This standard is the most commonly used in traffic signing and covers everything from how to make a sign to the performance required from each level of material. This guide will explain some of the main aspects of reflective material specification such as CE marking and European Technical Approvals.

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BS 8408:2005

This standard describes every situation a sign can be placed in and recommends performance indices for each scenario. We have tested our materials against these requirements and against every other material on the market. The documents available for download show how HIP or DG Cubed perform in the most common scenarios on each type of road. The performance indices can be used as a guide for removal of lighting from signs or for specification purposes.

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Vehicle Safety Marking

Find information on regulation ECE104 and Chapter 8 vehicle chevron markings.

Regulation ECE104


This regulation covers the technical requirements and homologation of retro-reflective markings, specified in UN ECE 48.It also specifies performance requirements and homologation for materials used for retro-reflective advertisement. This guide will answer many of your questions you might have regarding the regulation and its introduction.

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This regulation covers all lighting aspects required for the approval of new vehicles and trailers: installation of lighting and light signalling devices.

EU Directive 76/756/EEC

Transposes and endorses UN ECE 48, "installation of lighting and light signalling devices", (type approvals) in the European Union.

Chapter 8 – Vehicle Chevron Markings

Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual is a document that is published by the Department for Transport that addresses legal requirements for temporary situations and road works. The relevant sections in Chapter 8 on vehicle chevrons are Chapter 5 (05.2) Conspicuity, page 61 and 05.5.2 page 63. Chapter 8 advises on conspicuity markings for vehicles used on the road for works purposes and other highway duties. This guide will answer many of your questions you might have regarding Chapter 8.

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Road Studs

Specification BS EN 1463-1:2009 and BS EN 1463-2:2010

The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002 provides the legal requirements for the type, colour, dimensions and performance of road studs. Additionally, all road studs must successfully complete road trials in order to comply with this document.

EN 1463 part 1 specifies the initial performance requirements of both permanent and temporary roads studs when new. This includes the levels of reflectivity, physical dimensions and type (depressible/non-depressible etc) and a description of the methods employed to perform the measurements.

EN 1463 part 2 describes the test method used for the mandatory road trials of both permanent and temporary studs. This includes specifications for test sites (ADT, road layout etc) and application patterns. It also provides the classifications which are used to describe the performance of a road stud at the completion of the trial.

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