What is reflective tape?

To stand out in the dark, various types of lamps are used to enhance the traffic safety of vehicles. To make a vehicle even more noticeable in the dark, reflectors have been developed. Reflectors do not emit light themselves but reflect the light they receive. This makes it appear as if it is regular LED lighting. In addition to the well-known triangular reflector, reflective tape has also been developed. As the name suggests, reflective tape is tape that reflects when it catches light. Reflective tape is often used in the truck and trailer industry. In fact, the use of the tape is mandatory on every truck weighing more than 7.5 tons (category N2 + N3 vehicles). The use of the tape is also compulsory on every trailer weighing more than 3.5 tons (category O3 + O4 trailers). The reason for this is that trucks and trailers are not easily visible in the dark and during bad weather conditions. By using reflective tape, they become more visible, preventing accidents. Traffic safety is thus improved.

Tape application requirements

Nowadays, various types of reflective tape are available, but which one should you use? There are also a number of requirements concerning the use and application of the tape on a vehicle. All this information is listed below.

Side of vehicle

On the side of a vehicle, the tape will have to form a line at the bottom. In the upper corners, the tape will have to be at least 25 x 25 cm. The colour of the tape will have to be yellow or white on the side of the vehicle.

Reflectietape zijkant

Rear of vehicle

At the rear of a vehicle, the tape will have to form the complete contour line. The thickness of the tape will have to be at least 5.5 cm. Finally, the tape should be coloured yellow or red.

Reflectietape achterkant