Correct marking of oversize transports is a very important issue when planning and organizing journeys. This affects not only the safety of the transport itself, but also the safety of other road users, and also, let’s face it – the most important issue, which is unnecessary exposure to the fine, which in most cases is painfully high.
One of the leading countries to ensure proper labeling is Belgium. This is where the incorrect marking of the vehicle is felt most acutely, and customers most often report to us when stopped by the police, asking for help in arranging appropriate warning boards.
And this is the topic of labeling in Belgium that we will begin the cycle on the correct labeling of oversize shipments in individual countries from our offer.
Read on to find out about:
- basic elements of correct labeling;
- types of approved plates from other countries;
- the exact dimensions of the required tables;
- additional, required equipment in the vehicle;
- examples of boards / products not complying with Belgian regulations.
!!! Information on the required labeling elements will not be included in the permit. The main document containing this information is the Royal Decree of June 2, 2010 and its subsequent amendments.
The basic elements of proper labeling (and their definition from the Legislation) are:
♦ Art. 16
- The front and rear of the vehicle must be labeled “convoiexceptionnel” at a minimum distance of 40 cm from the ground, removed as soon as the transport ceases to meet the conditions of the oversize on the basis of the Belgian road code.
The “convoiexceptionnel” plate is a rectangular panel with a minimum size of 1 x 0.16 meters, the inscription of which consists of large letters and their minimum height is 12 centimeters (black text on a reflective yellow or orange background – reflective foil, the so-called honeycomb ).
Boards with the following inscriptions are also accepted:
We suggest staying with the original, because the Belgians are a specific, very picky nation 😉
- In addition to the panels described above, the alternate use of a 50 cm by 50 cm square panel, bearing a black exceptional transport symbol, on a reflective background, framed by a 2 cm wide black stripe.
- at the front of the vehicle, at least two flashing amber and yellow beacons, mounted on both sides of the cab, visible at an angle of minimum 270ᴼ;
- at the rear, one yellow-amber warning light, fixed at the end of the vehicle on the left side or on the left side of the load (if its end protrudes beyond the outline of the vehicle), visible at an angle of minimum 180ᴼ.
!!! All warning lights must be fully operational during transport and illuminate throughout its entire course.
♦ Art.18 In addition, the vehicle must contain:
- two warning triangles;
- two portable yellow and orange flashes, visible from a distance of at least 100m.
♦ Art. 19 Additional equipment:
- if the oversize transport is longer than 22 m, reflectors must be placed on both sides along its entire length;
- if the vehicle is wider than 4.5 m, it must have reflectors at the front and rear;
- with a width greater than 2.55 m (except for cranes), two end-outline marker boards must be placed at the front and two at the rear;
- the plates at the front are to be also fitted with permanently lit white lights, and the rear ones are permanently lit with red lights
- the lower edge of the plates must not be placed lower than 40 cm above the ground, and the upper edge at a maximum height of 2 m;
- placement of plates at a height greater than 2 m is acceptable only if there are no other technical possibilities to affix the plates at the permissible height.
The technical conditions of outline boards are described in detail in the further part of the article
Please note that from January 1, 2016, only warning / marker boards with a certain length and width may be used in Belgium. They must meet the conditions of Article 28 § 6,3,2,1ᴼ of the Technical Regulations of Vehicles: (https://www.wegcode.be/wetteksten/secties/kb/tech/302-art28d)
OUTLINE BOARDS must have the following features:
- Equipped with diagonal, alternating red and white reflective stripes, set at an angle of 45 ° to 60 ° and width from 70 to 100 millimeters.
- At least one of these reflective stripes has a marking consisting of min. with:
- mark or other means of identification of the manufacturer or his representative, if he is not the manufacturer;
- the product identification code, which allows its determination and its homogeneity in accordance with the colorimetric and photometric requirements (table below):
of an outline table
Identification code of product compliant
|280 x 280mm
|ECE REG NR 104-C
|Warning outline boards B-form or warning boards LaFo 8 Form
|Only allowed up to 3.5 m vehicle width
|420 x 420mm
|RA 2 NBN EN 12899-1
|TPESC-B (minimal B-class)
Warning outline boards A-form
Or warning boards LaFo A-form
|280 x 560mm
|RA 2 NBN EN 12899-1
|140 x 800mm
|RA 2 NBN EN 12899-1
Examples of tables and acceptable identification codes:
Only the manufacturer is marked on the following (illustrative) graphics, however, it should be remembered that the product identification code must also be there:
Examples of boards / foils / products not meeting the requirements of Belgian regulations with the following markings:
– TPESC type A
– without reference or identification.
We hope that with this article we have significantly approximated the legal status in Belgium, thanks to which the risk of receiving a fine for incorrect vehicle marking has reduced 🙂
You do not know a company that produces such boards and signs?
Look no further, you’ve come to the right place. We invite you to contact the operational department, which will evaluate the marking for the needs of your transport.