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2006 and 145000 miles.
yet another recovery / road side services vehicle with totally uncalled for grille lights !
grille lights are to clear traffic when responding on blues / greens not to bling up recovery vehicles ...
far more useful to put a single beacon or 2 source mini light bar on the front of the roof ... ( with the full bar at the rear)
There are 4 lights along the to of the windscreen too with alternating flashing patterns. along with the grille lights and the full width light bar on the rear, and the whole van is reflective..and I've still had to shut my eyes and hope for the best at times when I hear a screech from behind me.I'll use as many lights as I possibly can to alert traffic, sometimes on pitch dark country roads on a blind bend, or the side of the motorway at 3am with dozing truckers piloting 44 tonners a foot away from me lying on the ground. What gets my goat is everything has orange lights now, council vans, street sweepers, everything...so no one really takes notice. There is a petition going around the recovery industry just now to try and get breakdown vehicles to be able to use red or purple flashing beacons to differentiate from the sea of amber, so people are aware that there may actually be someone working at the roadside. Recovery beacons should only actually be used when at the roadside, and shouldn't be used when in transit. We aren't even allowed to put cones out on the road FFS.
I hope you are speaking from experience about having less lights. Maybe the families of the many roadside workers who lose their lives every year doing their job would have been a bit more forceful in their argument against being LESS visible.
My point being that grille lights are pointless on a vehicle of that size, recovery vehicles do not need to 'clear traffic' in the way that an emergency vehicle does . and if you are not careful they can add to confusion and dazzle
Glad to hear that you have high level warning at the front, Is it seperately switched to the full bar to prevent the distraction that 360 lighting causes on dual carriageways.
On a modern emergency vehicle when you go to 'on scene' mode flashing lights below the waistline on the front and sides of the vehicle are killed leaving only the roof lights on ( and on some vehicles all the rear warning lights including seperate reds on EVs and anything in light clusters on other vehicles ) - even on 1980s type systems the blues were on a two level switch to give roof only and roof and grilles / corners
who says you are not allowed to put cones out ? and have they actually read chapter 8 ?
Another piss boiler is the number of spec lift / RDT/ dolly / flat bed recovery vehicles who leave their lights on when they have a casualty vehicle on board - you can understand wanting to leave them on on a bar / rope tow but not on the others wheter the casaulty vehicle is well attached or even on board ...
rear reds and/or arrow sticks when static would be a positive step as long as they were restricted to legitimate users not every tom dick or harriet banger racer / scrap dealer/ bodger ..