This symbol indicates compliance with electromagnetic
compatibility (EMC) regulations under the European Directive 95/54/EC.
This relates to all vehicle electronic equipment which has to be connected
either by hard-wiring (permanent installation) to the vehicle battery or
temporarily (by cigarette lighter plug, for example). After the letter E,
the numbers denote which country the product was tested in. This can be
any number within the European Union or certain non-EU countries (e.g. USA and
Japan) as the legislation states it must be accepted in all countries.
It is a common misconception that articles have to be
approved with an 'E11' mark, however this only corresponds to a test that has
been carried out in the United Kingdom and actually has no bearing on the
approval and use of a product.
All warning devices must have the EMC 'E' mark as a
minimum as this is a legal requirement and is likely to void any motor insurance
claim following an accident. It is also an offence to use warning devices
without an 'E' mark.
ECE Regulation 65
In addition to the EMC 'E' test mark above, a majority of
our lightbars, mini lightbars, beacons and flashing LED light heads also have an
ECE R65 marking. This means the item is compliant to ECE Regulation 65
which covers the light output of a product (for example, it must meet a minimum
brightness criteria from various viewing angles) and is subjected to vibration,
heat, temperature and other extreme tests to demonstrate reliability.
This is not a legal requirement but demonstrates a
products reliability and performance when compared to non E marked products
available on eBay and over the internet.
The CE approval is a mandatory conformance mark to
display that the product has met the European directives regarding health,
safety or environmental requirements. In the case of warning products,
this generally relates to the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance
under the European Directive 89/336/EC. This is a legal requirement of a
product and can be a pre-cursor for the EMC 'E' test mark.
Airport and airside usage
The product complies to the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) regulations on aerodrome licensing. The CAP 168 regulations relate
to the safety and operation of airports and airside facilities. Beacons or
other warning devices (e.g. lightbars) not conforming to this legislation are
not permitted within airports.
As a general rule, only static flash and some LED beacons
are permitted unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. For help and
advice, please contact us.
Road and Street Works
This demonstrates testing and compliance to the Chapter 8
regulations in relation to vehicle conspicuity through the use of
high-visibility markings (chevrons) and beacons, lightbars and LED warning.
For specific advice, please Ask us a question.
HGV/LGV conspicuity regulations
As of July 2011, all HGVs must conform to the conspicuity
(visibility) regulations of ECE Regulation 104. These ensure that a
vehicle can be seen at a distance of up to 1000m at night. An 'e' mark is
displayed on the materials used to demonstrate compliance. Without one,
the material must not be fitted and the vehicle would not conform. For
more advice on vehicle markings, please contact us.