Chapter 8 Chevrons

We design, supply and fit custom-made Chapter 8 chevrons that meet current regulation for a wide variety of vehicles.  We make sure that your vehicle meets all the necessary legal requirements so that you don’t have to.  Book your vehicle in, drop it off and, by the time you collect it, your vehicle will be fully compliant.

What are Chapter 8 chevrons?

Reflective chevrons increase the visibility of vehicles that need to stop regularly on high-speed roads for work purposes.  Most people simply call these markings “Chapter 8 chevrons”. The law requires these markings in a number of cases.  Even when not required, we highly recommend these markings for all work vehicles that stop on the road.

“Chapter 8” refers to the final chapter of the Traffic Signs Manual released in 2009.  It legislates for “Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations”.  Chapter 8 is further divided into three parts, Part 1: Design, Part 2: Operations and Part 3: 2016 Update, which you can download by clicking on the links.  Within Part 2: Operations, section O5 deals with “General Vehicle Issues” and sub-section O5.2 discusses “Conspicuity”.

We offer our own quick reference guide to Chapter 8 on our Downloads page.

What are the requirements for Chapter 8 chevrons?

The requirements for most vehicles are a chevron pattern alternating between orange-red retroreflective material and fluorescent yellow non-retroreflective material.  The alternating strips must be at least 150mm wide, at 45-60° angle and pointing upwards.  Some alternatives are available that satisfy the Chapter 8 requirements, but the simplest and most cost-effective method is usually chevrons.

What Other Legislation is There?

In addition to Chapter 8, some vehicles may be required to meet the specifications of UNECE Regulation 48.  The 2011 update to the UK Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 brought it in line with UNECE Regulation 48.  You can read more about the relationship between RVLR and UNECE R48 here.

To find out how we can help your business meet Chapter 8 and Regulation 48 requirements, get in touch.  Visit the Contact Us page, or give our friendly and helpful team a call on 01952 610 690.

Photo of two vehicles displaying Chapter 8 chevrons on their rear doors.

Chapter 8 chevrons increase safety and visibility for work vehicles.

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