Evocative, suggestive or figurative apparent surfaces
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Request for guidance regarding interpretation of UN lighting rules:

  1. Is it allowed that the shape of the apparent surface can be the logo of the manufacturer brand or other brand-identifying figures?
  2. Is it allowed that the shape of the apparent surface can be the same as an evocative/suggestive figure? Even as an informative figure such as road traffic
    signs?
  3. Is the advertising lighting allowed at the national level in the Contracting parties, regarding to its influence on road safety and distraction?
  4. Do we have to consider an apparent surface, whose shape is the logo of a brand manufacturer or other brand-identifying figures, as a advertising lighting?

Reference Number: GRE-78-03
Origin: France and Germany
Date: 2 October 2017
Related Documents:
GRE/2019/6 | LSD and UN R48.06: Proposal for supplements
GRE/2020/5 | Proposal for Supplements to UN R148 and to the 06 series of amendments to UN R48
Discussion(s):
Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 78 | 24-27 Oct 2017

39. Due to a lack of time, GRE was not in a position to consider GRE-78-03.

47. The experts of France and Germany initiated a discussion on how to treat lamps with apparent surfaces in the form of a company logo or other brand-identifying figures (GRE-78-03). The experts from Finland, France, Italy Netherlands, Poland, Spain and UK reported on their national experiences on the subject. GRE noted that, in many countries, specific illuminated advertisement on vehicles was prohibited. However, no clear restrictions existed for lamps which otherwise met the requirements of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, and particularly of Regulation No. 48. GRE was also informed about optional additional lamps that were allowed in some countries for the purposes of road safety, for example, additional direction indicators for trucks in the form of a cyclist. The experts from France and Germany pointed out that they would distribute a questionnaire to GRE experts to solicit detailed information on relevant national practices. In addition, the expert from the Netherlands suggested establishing a task force. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session, based on the outcome of the survey.

Working Party on Lighting and Light-signalling | Session 79 | 24-27 Apr 2018

39. Due to a lack of time, GRE was not in a position to consider GRE-78-03.

47. The experts of France and Germany initiated a discussion on how to treat lamps with apparent surfaces in the form of a company logo or other brand-identifying figures (GRE-78-03). The experts from Finland, France, Italy Netherlands, Poland, Spain and UK reported on their national experiences on the subject. GRE noted that, in many countries, specific illuminated advertisement on vehicles was prohibited. However, no clear restrictions existed for lamps which otherwise met the requirements of lighting and light-signalling Regulations, and particularly of Regulation No. 48. GRE was also informed about optional additional lamps that were allowed in some countries for the purposes of road safety, for example, additional direction indicators for trucks in the form of a cyclist. The experts from France and Germany pointed out that they would distribute a questionnaire to GRE experts to solicit detailed information on relevant national practices. In addition, the expert from the Netherlands suggested establishing a task force. GRE agreed to revert to this issue at the next session, based on the outcome of the survey.