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Yellow breaklights, illegal?

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  • 24-01-2008 12:42am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 13,992 ✭✭✭✭


    I was driving home there and ended up spotting 3 cars all with yellow breaklights ahead of me at different times of my journey, all old Renaults.

    One was French reg, the other 2 Irish reg(RHD), is there a stipulation that breaklights have to be red?
    They look weird, like as if hazard lights and upper middle light(yellow) come on when slowing down each time.

    I've never seen anything like it before!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 73,453 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm


    red bulbs are the cheap solution.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,992 ✭✭✭✭gurramok


    So breaklights can be any colour then?


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,815 ✭✭✭✭Anan1


    gurramok wrote: »
    So breaklights can be any colour then?
    No, they have to be red. My guess is that the cars you saw had dodgy electrics, illuminating the hazards when the brakes were used.


  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭LarWright


    Were the cars actually French, i.e. Peugeot or Citroen?? The amount of those you see with breaklights stuck on, or hazards stuck on when they break is unbelievable.

    I would say that by law they have to be red (maybe someone can find it in the road legislation)... If they can fail you in an NCT test for your indicators not being the right colour amber, I presume that the break lights would be the same... It would certainly be more dangerous, at least with indicators, they flash, so you can tell!


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,745 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    I see Renaults with issues like the brakelights pulsing instead of the indicators flashing every single day at this stage...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭Raiser


    Fair play to anyone that has the sheer patience, resolute determination, utter resilience, incredible strength of mind, endless maintenance money, lack of self-respect and abundance of self-loathing to enable them to actually buy and run a French built car :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,094 ✭✭✭✭javaboy


    Raiser wrote: »
    Fair play to anyone that has the sheer patience, resolute determination, utter resilience, incredible strength of mind, endless maintenance money, lack of self-respect and abundance of self-loathing to enable them to actually buy and run a French built car :D

    Somebody on another thread is looking for advice on buying a Megane... :(


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,608 ✭✭✭Spud83


    From here

    At the back:
    Two red lights (commonly known as tail lights)
    Two red brake lights
    Two red reflectors
    Number plate lighting
    Direction indicator lights (amber only)


  • Registered Users Posts: 740 ✭✭✭junior_apollo


    My last two cars have been Citroens... never even the slightest problem... Not sure what ye are driving but I love both that I've had and would deffinately look at another...

    At the end of the day aslong as they not Micra's then the world is a better place... :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,094 ✭✭✭✭javaboy


    From here

    At the back:
    Two red lights (commonly known as tail lights)
    Two red brake lights
    Two red reflectors
    Number plate lighting
    Direction indicator lights (amber only)

    Also (from the rules of the road):

    A high mounted rear brake light may be fitted.

    You can have a rear fog also. Any other additional lighting is controlled.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭LarWright


    My last two cars have been Citroens... never even the slightest problem... Not sure what ye are driving but I love both that I've had and would deffinately look at another...

    At the end of the day aslong as they not Micra's then the world is a better place... :D

    I didn't mean to single out Citroen's, or Peugeot's... BUT, the majority of cars I see on the road with faulty lights are French... I drive a German car, and they're not exempt from mishaps (An old one I had kept blowing passenger dipped beam bulbs).

    I will say that a few Alfa's / Fiat's seem to suffer from lighting "issues" too. :)

    I'm not a Japanese car fan by any stretch of the imagination, and I certainly wouldn't buy a Micra, but they must be doing something right. It's rare you see any with problems...


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    Raiser wrote: »
    Fair play to anyone that has the sheer patience, resolute determination, utter resilience, incredible strength of mind, endless maintenance money, lack of self-respect and abundance of self-loathing to enable them to actually buy and run a French built car :D
    My peugeot has cost me thousands less than the fiat I first had. Never had any major maintenance costs with it.

    Most of the cars I see with lighting issues are BMWs. Though that may be just that the drivers are too ignorant to actually use the lights as opposed to any technical faults.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,745 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    javaboy wrote: »
    Also (from the rules of the road):

    A high mounted rear brake light may be fitted.

    Odd that the ROTR says "may" when its European law required since 98....


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 629 ✭✭✭cashmni1


    Raiser wrote: »
    Fair play to anyone that has the sheer patience, resolute determination, utter resilience, incredible strength of mind, endless maintenance money, lack of self-respect and abundance of self-loathing to enable them to actually buy and run a French built car :D
    And what do you drive......let me guess......a little German number??


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,944 ✭✭✭pete4130


    Driving through Phibsboro last Oct/Nov late during the dark evenings, the car in front of me, an older Renault again I think had his lights on. The strange thing was his brake lights were on constantly, not his tail lights. The brake lights would go off when he applied the footbrake where they would turn off and both his indicators would stay on constantly. Confusing to say the least.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭Raiser


    javaboy wrote:
    Somebody on another thread is looking for advice on buying a Megane... :(

    Poor sod - he'd be better off giving that money to Christina Gallagher for her house of prayer :(

    http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055219293 + http://www.christinagallagher.org/en/
    seamus wrote: »
    My peugeot has cost me thousands less than the fiat I first had. Never had any major maintenance costs with it.

    With all due respect, this argument has a fundamental weakness - saying that Car X is better than a Fiat is akin to saying that you prefer Situation X to the situation where you got your Testicles stuck in a rusty vice.
    Cashmni1 wrote:
    And what do you drive......let me guess......a little German number??

    Currently on second Honda, but a Mazda before that, am a convert to Japanese thinking for a long time now - so much so that I'm considering sawing 75% off each table-leg in the Gaff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 256 ✭✭LarWright


    Raiser wrote: »
    am a convert to Japanese thinking for a long time now - so much so that I'm considering sawing 75% off each table-leg in the Gaff.

    Classic :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 22,264 ✭✭✭✭Esel


    Raiser wrote: »
    With all due respect, this argument has a fundamental weakness - saying that Car X is better than a Fiat is akin to saying that you prefer Situation X to the situation where you got your Testicles stuck in a rusty vice.
    Define Situation X.

    Not your ornery onager



  • Registered Users Posts: 68,745 ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Raiser wrote: »
    With all due respect, this argument has a fundamental weakness - saying that Car X is better than a Fiat is akin to saying that you prefer Situation X to the situation where you got your Testicles stuck in a rusty vice.

    Translation - Raiser has not driven a Fiat made since 2004. :rolleyes:

    Modern Fiats, particularly diesel ones, are amongst the most reliable vehicles sold in Ireland. There is a reason that the majority of the worlds car manufacturers license Fiat's diesel engine technology.


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