Regulation No. 53-01
|Name:||Regulation No. 53-01|
|Description:||Lighting and Signalling Installation - L3.|
|Official Title:||Uniform Provisions Concerning the Approval of: Category L3 Vehicles with Regard to the Installation of Lighting and Light-signalling Devices.|
|Country:||ECE - United Nations|
|Date of Issue:||1983-04-22|
|Amendment Level:||01 Series, Supplement 19|
|Number of Pages:||48|
|Subject Categories:||Prior Versions|
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July 26, 2017
STATUS OF UNITED NATIONS REGULATION
UNIFORM PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF:
CATEGORY L VEHICLES WITH REGARD TO THE INSTALLATION
OF LIGHTING AND LIGHT-SIGNALLING DEVICES
Supplement 1 to the 00 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 14.10.90
Supplement 2 to the 00 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 16.06.95
01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 07.02.99
Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 18.11.99
Corr. 1 to Supplement 1 to the 01 series of amendments
Supplement 2 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 09.09.01
Supplement 3 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 05.12.01
Supplement 4 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 26.02.04
Supplement 5 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 23.06.05
Supplement 6 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 04.07.06
Supplement 7 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 02.02.07
Supplement 8 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 11.07.08
Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 15.10.08
Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 24.10.09
Corr. 1 to Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments
Supplement 11 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 09.12.10
Supplement 12 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 23.06.11
Supplement 13 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 28.10.11
Corr. 1 to Supplement 13 to the 01 series of amendments
Supplement 14 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 15.07.13
Supplement 15 to the 01
series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 03.11.13
Corr. 1 to Supplement 15 to the 01 series of amendments
Supplement 16 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 15.06.15
Supplement 17 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 08.10.15
Supplement 18 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 08.10.16
Supplement 19 to the 01 series of amendments
Date of Entry into Force: 22.06.17
REGULATION No. 53-01
UNIFORM PROVISIONS CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF CATEGORY L VEHICLES
WITH REGARD TO THE INSTALLATION OF LIGHTING AND LIGHT-SIGNALLING DEVICES
Application for approval
Modifications of the vehicle type or of the installation of its lighting and light-signalling devices
Conformity of production
Penalties for non-conformity of production
Production definitely discontinued
Names and addresses of technical services responsible for conducting approval tests, and of Type
Arrangement of approval marks
Lamp surfaces, axis and centre of reference, and angles of geometric visibility
Forward visibility of red lights and rearward visibility of white lights
Control of conformity of production
Explanation about "the horizontal inclination", "the bank angle" and the angle "δ"
2.5.2. "Independent Lamp" means devices having separate apparent surfaces, separate light
sources and separate lamp bodies;
2.5.3. "Grouped Lamps" means devices having separate apparent surfaces and separate light
sources, but a common lamp body;
2.5.4. "Combined" means devices having separate apparent surfaces, but a common light source
and a common lamp body;
2.5.5. "Reciprocally Incorporated" means devices having separate light sources or a single light
source operating under different conditions (for example, optical, mechanical, electrical
differences), totally or partially common apparent surfaces and a common lamp body;
2.5.6. "Driving Beam (Main-beam) Headlamps" means the lamp used to illuminate the road over
a long distance ahead of the vehicle;
2.5.7. "Passing Beam (Dipped-beam) Headlamp" means the lamp used to illuminate the road
ahead of the vehicle without dazzling or causing undue discomfort to oncoming drivers and
other road users;
126.96.36.199. "Principal passing-beam (principal dipped beam)" means the dipped beam produced
without the contribution of infrared (IR) emitters and/or additional light sources for bend
2.5.8. "Direction-indicator Lamp" means the lamp used to indicate to other road-users that the
driver intends to change direction to the right or to the left;
A direction-indicator lamp or lamps may also be used according to provisions of
Regulation No. 97.
2.5.9. "Stop Lamp" means the lamp used to indicate to other road-users to the rear of the vehicle
that its driver is applying the service brake;
2.5.10. "Rear-registration-plate Illuminating Device" means the device used to illuminate the
space reserved for the rear registration plate; such a device may consist of several optical
2.5.11. "Front Position Lamp" means the lamp used to indicate the presence of the vehicle when
viewed from the front;
2.5.12. "Rear Position Lamp" means the lamp used to indicate the presence of the vehicle when
viewed from the rear;
2.5.13. "Retro-reflector" means a device used to indicate the presence of a vehicle by the
reflection of light emanating from a light source not connected to the vehicle, the observer
being situated near the source;
For the purpose of this Regulation, retro-reflecting number plates are not considered as
2.5.14. "Hazard Warning Signal" means the simultaneous operation of all of a vehicle's
direction-indicator lamps to show that the vehicle temporarily constitutes a special danger to
other road users;
2.7.3. "Illuminating Surface of a Retro-reflector" (Paragraph 2.5.13. above) means the
orthogonal projection of a retro-reflector in a plane perpendicular to its axis of reference and
delimited by planes continuous to the outermost parts of the retro-reflector's optical system
and parallel to that axis. For the purposes of determining the lower, upper and lateral edges
of the device, only horizontal and vertical planes shall be considered;
2.8. The "Apparent Surface" for a defined direction of observation means, at the request of the
manufacturer or his duly accredited representative, the orthogonal projection of:
Either the boundary of the illuminating surface projected on the exterior surface of the lens
Or the light-emitting surface (c-d),
In a plane perpendicular to the direction of observation and tangential to the most exterior
point of the lens (see Annex 3 to this Regulation);
2.9. "Axis of Reference" (or "Reference Axis") means the characteristic axis of the lamp
determined by the manufacturer (of the lamp) for use as the direction of reference (H = 0°,
V = 0°) for angles of field for photometric measurements and for installing the lamp on the
2.10. "Centre of Reference" means the intersection of the axis of reference with the exterior
light-emitting surface; it is specified by the manufacturer of the lamp;
2.11. "Angles of Geometric Visibility" means the angles which determine the field of the
minimum solid angle in which the apparent surface of the lamp shall be visible. That field of
the solid angle is determined by the segments of the sphere of which the centre coincides
with the centre of reference of the lamp and the equator is parallel with the ground. These
segments are determined in relation to the axis of reference. The horizontal angles β,
correspond to the longitude and the vertical angles α to the latitude;
2.12. "Extreme Outer Edge" on either side of the vehicle means the plane parallel to the median
longitudinal plane of the vehicle and touching the lateral extremity of the vehicle,
disregarding the projection or projections.
2.12.1. Of rear-view mirrors,
2.12.2. Of direction indicator lamps;
2.12.3. Of front and rear position lamps and retro-reflectors;
2.13. "Over-all Width" means the distance between the two vertical planes defined in
Paragraph 2.12. above;
2.26. "Bank angle" means: the angle made with the vertical by the vertical longitudinal median
plane of the motorcycle, when the motorcycle is rotated about its longitudinal axis (see
drawing in Annex 6);
2.27. "HIAS signal" means any control signal or, any additional control input to the system or, a
control output from the system to the motorcycle;
2.28. "HIAS signal generator" means a device, reproducing one or more of the HIAS signals for
2.29. "HIAS test angle" means the angle δ created by the headlamp cut-off line and HH Line (in
case of an asymmetrical beam headlamp, the horizontal part of the cut-off shall be used),
(see drawing in Annex 6).
2.30. "Bend lighting" means a lighting function to provide enhanced illumination in bends.
2.31. "H Plane" means the horizontal plane containing the centre of reference of the lamp.
2.32. "Sequential activation" means an electrical connection where the individual light sources
of a lamp are wired such that they are activated in a predetermined sequence.
2.33. "Emergency stop signal" means a signal to indicate to other road users to the rear of the
vehicle that a high retardation force has been applied to the vehicle relative to the prevailing
3. APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL
3.1. The application for approval of a vehicle type with regard to the installation of its lighting and
light-signalling devices shall be submitted by the vehicle manufacturer or by his duly
3.2. It shall be accompanied by the undermentioned documents in triplicate and the following
3.2.1. A description of the vehicle type with regard to the items mentioned in Paragraphs 2.2.1. to
2.2.3. above; the vehicle type duly identified shall be specified;
3.2.2. A list of the devices intended by the manufacturer to form the lighting and light-signalling
equipment; the list may include several types of device for each function; each type shall be
duly identified (national or international approval mark, if approved, name of manufacturer,
etc); in addition, the list may include in respect of each function the additional annotation "or
3.2.3. A layout drawing of the lighting and light-signalling installation as a whole, showing the
position of the various devices on the vehicle; and
3.2.4. If necessary, in order to verify the conformity to the prescriptions of the present regulation, a
layout drawing or drawings of each lamp showing the illuminating surface, as defined in
Paragraph 2.7.1. above, the light-emitting surface as defined in Paragraph 2.6. above, the
axis of reference as defined in Paragraph 2.9. above and the centre of reference as defined
in Paragraph 2.10 above. This information is not necessary in the case of the rear
registration plate lamp (Paragraph 2.5.10. above).
5. GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
5.1. The lighting and light-signalling devices shall be so fitted that in normal conditions of use,
and notwithstanding the vibrations to which they may be subjected, they retain the
characteristics prescribed by the Regulation and enable the vehicle to comply with the
requirements of this Regulation.
In particular, it shall not be possible for the lamps to be inadvertently maladjusted.
5.2. The illuminating lamps shall be so installed that correct adjustment of their orientation can
easily be carried out.
5.3. For all light-signalling devices the reference axis of the lamp when fitted to the vehicle shall
be parallel to the bearing plane of the vehicle on the road; in addition, it shall be
perpendicular to the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle in the case of side
retro-reflectors and parallel to that plane in the case of all light-signalling devices. A
tolerance of ±3° shall be allowed in each direction. In addition, if specifications for fitting are
provided by the manufacturer they shall be complied with.
5.4. In the absence of specific instructions, the height and orientation of the lamps shall be
verified with the vehicle unladen and placed on a flat horizontal surface, its median
longitudinal plane being vertical and the handlebars being in the position corresponding to
the straight ahead movement. The tyre pressures shall be those prescribed by the
manufacturer for the particular conditions of loading required in this Regulation.
5.5. In the absence of specific instructions:
5.5.1. Single lamps or reflectors shall be mounted such that their centre of reference lies in the
median longitudinal plane of the vehicle;
5.5.2. Lamps constituting a pair and having the same function shall:
188.8.131.52. Be mounted symmetrically in relation to the median longitudinal plane;
184.108.40.206. Be symmetrical to one another in relation to the median longitudinal plane;
220.127.116.11. Satisfy the same colourimetric requirements; and
18.104.22.168. Have identical nominal photometric characteristics.
22.214.171.124. Come on and go off simultaneously;
5.7. The maximum height above ground shall be measured from the highest point and the
minimum height from the lowest point of the apparent surface in the direction of the
reference axis. For passing beam headlamps, the minimum height from the ground shall be
measured from the lowest point of the effective outlet of the optical system (e.g. reflector,
lens, projection lens) independent of its utilisation.
Where the (maximum and minimum) height above the ground clearly meets the
requirements of the Regulation, the exact edges of any surface need not be determined.
When referring to the distance between lamps, the position, as regards width, shall be
determined from the inner edges of the apparent surface in the direction of the reference
Where the position, as regards width, clearly meets the requirements of the Regulation, the
exact edges of any surface need not be determined.
For the purposes of reducing the geometric visibility angles, the position of a lamp with
regard to height above the ground, shall be measured from the H Plane.
5.8. In the absence of specific instructions, no lamps other than direction indicator lamps, the
vehicle-hazard warning signal lamps and the emergency stop signal shall be flashing lamps.
5.8.1. The photometric characteristics of a direction indicator lamp except for Categories 5 and 6
specified in Regulation No. 6, and of a direction indicator lamp specified in
Regulation No. 50 may be varied during a flash by sequential activation of light sources as
specified in Paragraph 5.6. of Regulation No. 6 or in Paragraph 6.8. of Regulation No. 50.
This provision shall not apply when direction indicator lamps of Categories 2a and 2b of
Regulation No. 6 or Category 12 of Regulation No. 50 are operated as emergency stop
signal according to Paragraph 6.14. of this Regulation.
5.9. No red light shall be visible towards the front and no white light shall be visible towards the
rear. Compliance with this requirement shall be verified as shown hereunder (see drawing in
5.9.1. Visibility of red light towards the front: a red lamp must not be directly visible to an observer
moving in Zone 1 of a transverse plane situated 25m forward of the foremost point on the
5.9.2. Visibility of white light towards the rear: a white lamp must not be directly visible to an
observer moving in Zone 2 of a transverse plane situated 25m rearward of the rearmost
point on the vehicle;
5.9.3. In their respective planes, the Zones 1 and 2 explored by the eye of the observer are bound:
126.96.36.199. In height, by two horizontal planes 1m and 2.2m respectively above the ground;
188.8.131.52. In width, by two vertical planes which, forming to the front and the rear respectively an angle
of 15° outwards from the vehicle's median longitudinal plane, pass through the point or
points of contact of vertical planes parallel to the vehicle's median longitudinal plane and
delimiting the vehicle's over-all width; if there are several points of contact, the foremost
shall correspond to the forward plane and the rearmost to the rearward plane.
Side retro-reflector, non-triangular:
Vehicle-hazard warning signal:
Front fog lamp:
Rear fog lamp:
Daytime running lamp:
Emergency stop signal:
amber at the front
amber or red at the rear
white or selective yellow
amber or red
5.14. Every vehicle submitted for approval pursuant to this Regulation shall be equipped with the
following lighting and light-signalling devices:
5.14.1. Driving beam headlamp (Paragraph 6.1.);
5.14.2. Passing beam headlamp (Paragraph 6.2.);
5.14.3. Direction indicator lamps (Paragraph 6.3.);
5.14.4. Stop lamp S1 Category device specified in Regulation No. 7 or stop lamp specified in
Regulation No. 50 (Paragraph 6.4.);
5.14.5. Rear-registration-plate illuminating device (Paragraph 6.5.);
5.14.6. Front position lamp (Paragraph 6.6.);
5.14.7. Rear position lamp (Paragraph 6.7.);
5.14.8. Rear retro reflector, non-triangular (Paragraph 6.8.);
5.14.9. Side retro reflectors, non-triangular (Paragraph 6.12.);
5.15. It may, in addition, be equipped with the following lighting and light-signalling devices:
5.15.1. Vehicle-hazard warning signal (Paragraph 6.9.);
5.15.2. Fog lamps;
184.108.40.206. Front fog lamp (Paragraph 6.10.);
220.127.116.11. Rear fog lamp (Paragraph 6.11.);
5.15.3. Daytime running lamp (Paragraph 6.13.).
5.15.4. Stop lamp, S3 Category device specified in Regulation No. 7 (Paragraph 6.4.).
5.15.5. Emergency stop signal (Paragraph 6.14.).
5.20. General Provisions Relating to Geometric Visibility
5.20.1. There shall be no obstacle on the inside of the angles of geometric visibility to the
propagation of light from any part of the apparent surface of the lamp observed from infinity.
However, no account is taken of obstacles, if they were already presented when the lamp
5.20.2. If measurements are taken closer to the lamp, the direction of observation shall be shifted
parallel to achieve the same accuracy.
5.20.3. If, when the lamp is installed, any part of the apparent surface of the lamp is hidden by any
further parts of the vehicle, proof shall be furnished that the part of the lamp not hidden by
obstacles still conforms to the photometric values prescribed for the approval of the device.
5.20.4. When the vertical angle of geometric visibility below the horizontal may be reduced to 5°
(lamp at less than 750mm above the ground, measured according to the provisions of
Paragraph 5.7.) the photometric field of measurements of the installed optical unit may be
reduced to 5° below the horizontal.
5.20.5. In the case of an interdependent lamp system the geometric visibility requirements shall be
fulfilled when all its interdependent lamps are operated together.
6. INDIVIDUAL SPECIFICATIONS
6.1. Driving Beam Headlamp
18.104.22.168. For motorcycles having a cylinder capacity ≤125cm
One or two of approved type according to:
(a) Class B, C, D or E of Regulation No. 113;
(b) Regulation No. 112;
(c) Regulation No. 1;
(d) Regulation No. 8;
(e) Regulation No. 20;
(f) Regulation No. 57;
(g) Regulation No. 72;
(h) Regulation No. 98.
22.214.171.124. In any case, the distance between the edge of the illuminating surface of any independent
driving lamp and the edge of that of the lamp producing the principal passing-beam must not
exceed 200mm. The distance between the edge of the illuminating surface of any
independent driving lamp and the ground must be from 500mm to 1,300mm.
126.96.36.199. In the case of two driving lamps: the distance separating the illuminating surfaces of two
driving lamps must not exceed 200mm.
6.1.4. Geometric Visibility
The visibility of the illuminating surface, including its visibility in areas which do not appear to
be illuminated in the direction of observation considered, shall be ensured within a divergent
space defined by generating lines based on the perimeter of the illuminating surface and
forming an angle of not less than 5° with the axis of reference of the headlamp.
188.8.131.52. Forwards. The lamp(s) may move with the steering angle.
184.108.40.206. An HIAS may be installed for the driving beam.
6.1.6 Electrical Connections
The passing beam(s) may remain illuminated with the driving beam(s).
220.127.116.11. "Circuit-closed" tell-tale
Mandatory, non-flashing blue signal lamp.
18.104.22.168. "HIAS failure" tell-tale
Mandatory, flashing amber signal lamp, which may be combined with the tell-tale referred to
in Paragraph 22.214.171.124. It shall be activated whenever a failure is detected with respect to the
HIAS signals. It shall remain activated while the failure is present.
6.1.8. Other requirements
126.96.36.199. The aggregate maximum intensity of the driving beam headlamps which can be switched on
simultaneously shall not exceed 430,000cd which corresponds to a reference number of
100. (The approval value).
(e) Regulation No. 20;
(f) Regulation No. 72;
(g) Regulation No. 98.
Two of approved type according to:
(h) Class C of draft Regulation No. 113.
No special requirement.
188.8.131.52.1. An independent passing lamp may be installed above, below or to one side of another front
lamp: if these lamps are one above the other the reference centre of the lamp producing the
principal passing-beam must be located within the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle;
if these lamps are side by side their reference centre must be symmetrical in relation to the
median longitudinal plane of the vehicle.
184.108.40.206.2. A headlamp producing the principal passing-beam, that is reciprocally incorporated with
another front lamp must be fitted in such a way that its reference centre lies within the
median longitudinal plane of the vehicle. However, when the vehicle is also fitted with an
independent driving beam headlamp or a driving beam headlamp that is reciprocally
incorporated with a front position lamp alongside the headlamp producing the principal
passing-beam, their reference centres must be symmetrical in relation to the median
longitudinal plane of the vehicle.
220.127.116.11.3. Two headlamps producing the principal passing-beam, of which either one or both are
reciprocally incorporated with another front lamp must be installed in such a way that their
reference centres are symmetrical in relation to the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle.
18.104.22.168.4. If installed, additional lighting unit(s) which provide bend lighting, type approved as part of
the passing-beam according to Regulation No. 113, shall be installed under the following
In the case of (a) pair(s) of additional lighting units, they shall be installed so that their
reference centre(s) are symmetrical in relation to the median longitudinal plane of the
In the case of a single additional lighting unit, its reference center shall be coincident with
the medium longitudinal plane of the vehicle.
22.214.171.124. Height: a minimum of 500mm and a maximum of 1,200mm above the ground;
126.96.36.199. Length: at the front of the vehicle. This requirement is regarded as satisfied if the light
emitted does not cause discomfort to the driver either directly, or indirectly by means of the
rear-view mirrors and/or reflective surfaces of the vehicle.
188.8.131.52. The requirement in Paragraph 184.108.40.206. above shall be tested under the following conditions:
The test vehicle shall be set as specified in Paragraph 5.4. of this Regulation. Incline the
vehicle and measure the HIAS test angle.
The vehicle shall be tested in the following two conditions:
The maximum horizontal inclination adjustment angle specified by the manufacturer
(to left and to right);
Half of the maximum horizontal inclination adjustment angle specified by the
manufacturer (to left and to right).
And when the test vehicle is returned to the position as specified in Paragraph 5.4., the
HIAS test angle shall return to zero quickly.
The handlebar may be fixed in the straight ahead position so as not to move during the
For the test the HIAS shall be activated by means of an HIAS signal generator.
The system shall be considered to satisfy the requirements of Paragraph 220.127.116.11. above, if
all measured HIAS test angles are not less than zero. This may be demonstrated by the
manufacturer using other means accepted by the Type Approval Authority.
18.104.22.168. Additional light source(s) or additional lighting unit(s) may be activated only in conjunction
with the principal passing-beam or the driving-beam to produce bend lighting. The
illumination provided by the bend lighting shall not extend above the horizontal plane that is
parallel with the ground and containing the reference axis of the headlamp producing the
principal passing-beam for all bank angles as specified by the manufacture during type
approval of the device according to Regulation No. 113.
22.214.171.124. The requirement in Paragraph 126.96.36.199. above shall be tested as follows:
The test vehicle shall be set as specified in Paragraph 5.4. of this Regulation.
Measure the bank angles on both sides of the vehicle under every condition where the bend
lighting is activated. The bank angles to measure are the bank angles specified by the
manufacturer during type approval of the device according to Regulation No. 113.
The handlebar may be fixed in the straight ahead position so as not to move during the
For the test, the bend lighting may be activated by means of a signal generator provided by
The system is considered to satisfy the requirements of Paragraph 188.8.131.52. above, if all
measured bank angles on both sides of the vehicle are greater than or equal to the
minimum bank angles given in the communication form for the type approval of the device
according to Regulation No. 113. Conformity to Paragraph 184.108.40.206. above may be
demonstrated by the manufacturer using other means accepted by the Type Approval
Authority responsible for type approval.
6.2.8. Other Requirements:
In the event of a passing beam HIAS failure, without the use of any special tools, it shall be
Deactivate the HIAS until it is reset according to the manufacturers instructions; and
Re-position the passing beam so that its horizontal and vertical alignments are the
same as a headlamp not equipped with HIAS.
The manufacturer shall provide a detailed description of the procedure for resetting the
Alternatively, the manufacturer may choose to install an automatic system that either
achieves both tasks specified above or resets the HIAS. In this case, the manufacture shall
provide the test house with a description of the automatic system and, until such time as
harmonized requirements have been developed, demonstrate the means of verifying that
the automatic system works as described.
6.3. Direction-indicator Lamp
Two per side.
Two front indicators (Category 1 as specified in Regulation No. 6 or Category 11 specified in
Regulation No. 50).
Two rear indicators (Category 2 as specified in Regulation No. 6 or Category 12 specified in
Regulation No. 50).
6.3.7. May not be "reciprocally incorporated" with any other lamp, except amber front position
6.3.8. "Operating" Tell-tale
Mandatory. This may be optical or auditory or both. If it is optical it shall be (a) flashing
green lamp(s), which, in the event of defective operation of any of the direction indicators, is
extinguished, remains alight without flashing, or shows a marked change of frequency.
6.3.9. Other Requirements
The characteristics indicated below shall be measured with no other load on the electrical
system than that required for the operation of the engine and the lighting devices. For all
220.127.116.11. The light flashing frequency shall be 90 ± 30 times per minute;
18.104.22.168. The flashing of the direction-indicators on the same side of the vehicle may occur
synchronously or alternately;
22.214.171.124. Operation of the light-signal control shall be followed within not more than one second by
the appearance of the light and within not more than one-and-one half seconds by the first
extinction of the light.
126.96.36.199. In the event of failure, other than a short circuit, of one direction-indicator lamp, the other(s)
direction-indicator lamp(s) indicating the same direction must continue to flash or remain
alight, but the frequency in this condition may be different from that prescribed.
6.4. Stop Lamp
One or two approved as a Category S1 device according to Regulation No. 7 or stop lamp
according to Regulation No. 50.
Optional one approved as a Category S3 device according to Regulation No. 7.
No special requirement.
188.8.131.52. For Category S1 device specified in Regulation No. 7 or stop lamp specified in Regulation
In height: not less than 250mm nor more than 1,500mm above the ground;
In length: at the rear of the vehicle.
6.5. Rear-Registration-Plate Illuminating Device
One, approved as a Category 2 device according to Regulation No. 50. The device may
consist of several optical components designed to illuminate the space reserved for the
Such that the device illuminates
the space reserved for the
Optional: Its function shall be performed by the tell-tale prescribed for the position lamp.
6.5.7. Other Requirements
When the rear registration plate lamp is combined with the rear position lamp, reciprocally
incorporated in the stop lamp or in the rear fog lamp, the photometric characteristics of the
rear registration plate lamp may be modified during the illumination of the stop lamp or the
rear fog lamp.
6.6. Front Position Lamp
One or two
if coloured white
Two (one per side)
if coloured amber
No special requirement.
Rear Position Lamp
One or two.
No special requirements.
In Height: not less than 250mm nor more than 1,500mm above the ground;
In Length: at the rear of the vehicle.
80° to left and to right for a single lamp:
the horizontal angle may be 80° outwards and 45° inwards
for each pair of lamps:
15° above and below the horizontal.
However, where a lamp is mounted below 750mm (measured according to the provisions of
Paragraph 5.7.), the downward angle of 15° may be reduced to 5°.
6.7.6. "Circuit-closed" Tell-tale
Optional: Its function shall be performed by the device prescribed for the front position lamp.
6.7.7. Other Requirements
If a rear position lamp is reciprocally incorporated with a direction indicator the electrical
connection of the rear position lamp on the relevant side of the vehicle or the reciprocally
incorporated part of it may be such that it is switched off during the entire period (both ON
and OFF cycle) of activation of the direction indicator lamp.
6.8. Rear Retro-Reflector, Non-Triangular
One or two.
No special requirement.
184.108.40.206. In width: for a single lamp the centre of reference shall be in the median longitudinal plane
of the vehicle; or the edge of the illuminating surface which is nearest to that plane shall be
not more than 250mm away from it;
220.127.116.11. In height: not less than 250mm above the ground. No point on the illuminating surface shall
be higher than the highest point on the illuminating surface of the passing beam headlamp;
18.104.22.168. In length: at the front of the vehicle. This requirement shall be deemed to be satisfied if the
light emitted does not cause discomfort to the driver either directly, or indirectly through the
rear-view mirrors and/or other reflecting surfaces of the vehicle.
6.10.4. Geometric Visibility
Defined by angles α and β as specified in Paragraph 2.11.:
5° upwards and downwards;
45° to left and to right except for a single lamp, except for an off-centre light, in which
case the inward angle β = 10°;
45° outwards and 10° inwards for each pair of lamps.
Forwards. The lamp(s) may move in line with the steering angle.
6.10.6. May not be "combined" with any other front lamp.
6.10.7. "Circuit-closed" Tell-tale
Optional: non-flashing green signal.
6.10.8. Other Requirements
6.10.9. Electrical Connections
It shall be possible to switch the fog lamp(s) on or off independently of the driving beam
headlamp(s) and/or passing beam headlamp(s).
6.11. Rear Fog Lamp
One or two.
No special requirement.
22.214.171.124. On the side of the vehicle.
126.96.36.199. In height: not less than 300mm nor more than 900mm above the ground;
188.8.131.52. In length: should be placed in such a position that under normal conditions it may not be
masked by the driver's or passenger's clothes.
6.12.4. Geometric Visibility
Horizontal angles β = 30° to the front and to the rear.
Vertical angles, α = 15° above and below the horizontal.
However, where a lamp is mounted below 750mm (measured according to the provisions of
Paragraph 5.7.), the downward angle of 15° may be reduced to 5°.
The reference axis of the retro-reflectors must be perpendicular to the vehicle's median
longitudinal plane and directed outwards. The front side retro-reflectors may move with the
6.13. Daytime Running Lamp
Optional for motorcycles.
One or two of approved type according to Regulation No. 87.
184.108.40.206. In width:
No special requirement.
220.127.116.11.1. An independent daytime running lamp may be installed above, below or to one side of
another front lamp: If these lamps are one above the other, the reference centre of the
daytime running lamp shall be located within the medium longitudinal plane of the vehicle; if
these lamps are side by side, the edge of the illuminating surface shall not be more than
250mm from the median longitudinal plane of the vehicle.
18.104.22.168.2. A daytime running lamp, that is reciprocally incorporated with another front lamp (driving
beam headlamp or front position lamp), shall be fitted in such a way that the edge of the
illuminated surface lies not more than 250mm from the median longitudinal plane of the
22.214.171.124. If a direction indicator lamp is reciprocally incorporated with a daytime running lamp, the
electrical connections of the daytime running lamp on the relevant side of the vehicle shall
be such that the daytime running lamp is switched OFF during the entire period (both ON
and OFF cycle) of activation of the direction-indicator lamp.
Closed-circuit green tell-tale optional.
6.13.9. Other Requirements
The DRL symbol in ISO 2575 : 2004 – Road vehicles. Symbols for controls, indicators and
tell-tales, may be used to inform the driver that the daytime running lamp is on.
6.14. Emergency Stop Signal
The emergency stop signal shall be given by the simultaneous operation of all the stop or
direction indicator lamps fitted as described in Paragraph 6.14.7.
As specified in Paragraph 6.3.1. or 6.4.1.
As specified in Paragraph 6.3.2. or 6.4.2.
As specified in Paragraph 6.3.3. or 6.4.3.
6.14.5. Geometric Visibility
As specified in Paragraph 6.3.4. or 6.4.4.
As specified in Paragraph 6.3.5. or 6.4.5.
6.14.7. Electrical Connections
126.96.36.199. All the lamps of the emergency stop signal shall flash in phase at a frequency of
4.0 ± 1.0Hz.
188.8.131.52.1. However, if any of the lamps of the emergency stop signal to the rear of the vehicle use
filament light sources the frequency shall be 4.0 +0.0/-1.0Hz.
184.108.40.206. The emergency stop signal shall operate independently of other lamps.
9. PENALTIES FOR NON-CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION
9.1. The approval granted in respect of a vehicle type pursuant to this Regulation may be
withdrawn if the requirement laid down in Paragraph 8.1. above is not met or if the vehicle
has failed to pass the checks prescribed in Paragraph 8. above.
9.2. If a Party to the Agreement which applies this Regulation withdraws an approval it has
previously granted, it shall forthwith so notify the other Contracting Parties to the Agreement
which apply this Regulation by means of a communication form conforming to the model in
Annex 1 to this Regulation.
10. PRODUCTION DEFINITELY DISCONTINUED
If the holder of an approval completely ceases to manufacture a vehicle type approved in
accordance with this Regulation, he shall so inform the Type Approval Authority which
granted the approval. Upon receiving the relevant communication that Authority shall inform
thereof the other Parties to the Agreement applying this Regulation, by means of a
communication form conforming to the model in Annex 1 to this Regulation.
11. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
11.1. As from the official date of entry into force of Supplement 10 to the 01 series of
amendments, no Contracting Party applying this Regulation shall refuse to grant approvals
under this Regulation as amended by Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments.
11.2. As from 60 months after the date of entry into force mentioned in Paragraph 11.1. above,
Contracting Parties applying this Regulation shall grant approvals only if the vehicle type
with regard to the number and mode of installation of the lighting and light-signalling devices
corresponds to the requirements of the Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to
11.3. Existing approvals granted under this Regulation before the date mentioned in
Paragraph 11.2 above shall remain valid. In the case of vehicles first registered more than
84 months after the date of entry into force mentioned in Paragraph 11.1 above, Contracting
Parties applying this Regulation may refuse the vehicle type with regard to the number and
mode of installation of the lighting and light-signalling devices which do not meet the
requirements of the Supplement 10 to the 01 series of amendments to this Regulation.
12. NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF TECHNICAL SERVICES RESPONSIBLE FOR
CONDUCTING APPROVAL TESTS, AND OF TYPE APPROVAL AUTHORITIES
The Parties to the 1958 Agreement which apply this Regulation shall communicate to the
United Nations secretariat the names and addresses of the Technical Services responsible
for conducting approval tests and of the Type Approval Authorities which grant approval and
to which forms certifying approval, extension or refusal or withdrawal of approval, issued in
other countries, are to be sent.
9.3. Front fog lamps: yes/no ...........................................................................................................
9.5. Direction indicators: yes/no .....................................................................................................
9.7. Repeating side direction indicators: yes/no ............................................................................
9.8. Hazard warning signal: yes/no ................................................................................................
9.9. Stop lamps: yes/no ..................................................................................................................
9.10. Rear registration plate illuminating device: yes/no ..................................................................
9.11. Front position (side) lamps: yes/no .........................................................................................
9.12. Rear position (side) lamps: yes/no ..........................................................................................
9.13. Rear fog lamps: yes/no ...........................................................................................................
9.16. Rear retro-reflectors, non-triangular: yes/no ...........................................................................
9.19. Side retro-reflectors, non-triangular: yes/no ............................................................................
9.20. Equivalent lamps: yes/no .......................................................................................................
9.21. Emergency stop signal: yes/no ...............................................................................................
10. Any comments: ..........................................................................................................................
11. Masses as declared by the manufacturer
11.1. Mass in running order:
Total mass: ................................................................................................................................
Mass on the front wheel: ...........................................................................................................
Mass on the rear wheel: ............................................................................................................
ARRANGEMENT OF APPROVAL MARKS
(See Paragraph 4.4 of this Regulation)
The above approval mark affixed to a motorcycle shows that the vehicle type concerned has, with regard
to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices, been approved in the Netherlands (E4) pursuant
to Regulation No. 53, as amended by the 01 series of amendments. The approval number indicates that
the approval was granted in accordance with the requirements of Regulation No. 53.
(See Paragraph 4.5 of this Regulation)
The above approval mark affixed to a motorcycle shows that the vehicle type concerned has been
approved in the Netherlands (E4) pursuant to Regulations Nos. 53 and 78 The approval numbers
indicate that, at the dates when the respective approvals were granted, Regulation No. 53 included the
01 series of amendments and Regulation No. 78 already included the 02 series of amendments.
ILLUMINATING SURFACE IN COMPARISON WITH LIGHT-EMITTING SURFACE
(See Paragraphs 2.9 and 2.8 of this Regulation)
CONTROL OF CONFORMITY OF PRODUCTION
1.1. Position of Lamps
The position of the lamps as specified in Paragraph 6. of this Regulation shall be checked in
accordance with the general requirements set out in Paragraph 5. of this Regulation. The
values measured for the distances shall be such that the individual specifications applicable
to each lamp are fulfilled.
1.2. Visibility of Lamps
1.2.1. The angles of geometric visibility shall be checked in accordance with Paragraph 2.11. of
this Regulation. The values measured for the angles shall be such that the individual
specifications applicable to each lamp are fulfilled except that the limits of the angles may
have an allowance corresponding to the ±3° variation permitted in Paragraph 5.3. of this
Regulation for the mounting of the light-signalling devices.
1.2.2. The visibility of red light towards the front and of white light towards the rear shall be
checked in accordance with Paragraph 5.9. of this Regulation.
1.3. Alignment of Passing-Beam Headlamps Towards the Front
1.3.1. Initial Downward Inclination
(The initial downward inclination of the cut-off of the passing-beam shall be checked against
the requirements of Paragraph 6.2.5. of this Regulation).
1.4. Electrical Connections and Tell-Tales
The electrical connections shall be checked by switching on every lamp supplied by the
electrical system of the motorcycle.
The lamps and tell-tales shall function in accordance with the provisions set out in
Paragraphs 5.10. to 5.12. of this Regulation and with the individual specifications applicable
to each lamp.
1.5. Light Intensities
1.5.1. Driving-beam Headlamps
The aggregate maximum intensity of the driving-beam headlamp(s) shall be such that the
requirement in Paragraph 6.1.9. of this Regulation is fulfilled.
1.6. The presence, number, colour, arrangement and, where applicable, the category of lamps
shall be checked by visual inspection of the lamps and their markings. These shall be such
that the requirements set out in Paragraph 5.13. of this Regulation and the individual
specifications applicable to each lamp are fulfilled.