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Jason Hole
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Simon I’d like to bring something to the attention of the IHE checking team.
While having a brief read of the draft submitted to the EU I’ve noticed something regarding Zebra Belisha Beacons.

Schedule 13 Item 27 Diagram 4007 Yellow beacon & striped pole
Applicable Requirements in Part 4 are listed as numbers 3 & 15.

No.3 does not apply here as the dimensions are already greater than 200mm.

I think the reference to 15 is wrong as this says the sign must be internally illuminated but actually number 14 above it is the reference to Zebra beacons that’s been partially copied from the 1997 regulations.

There is I believe a bigger issue with Schedule 13 Part 4 Number 14 as it has not been copied word for word from the previous regulations.

I’ve copied the relevant section from the draft below.
“14.-(1) A beacon must be illuminated by a flashing light or, where the Secretary of State so authorises in writing in relation to a particular crossing, a constant steady light.
(2) Where a beacon is mounted on or attached to or mounted on a post, whether or not specifically provided for the purpose, the post must be internally illuminated.
(3) A beacon, or the post on which it is mounted, may be fitted with all or any of the following-
(a) a backing board or other device designed to improve the conspicuousness of the beacon;
(b) a shield or other device designed to prevent or reduce light shining into adjacent premises; or
(c) a light to illuminate the crossing.”

If I’ve interpreted it correctly it says that all posts used for zebra crossing beacons MUST be internally illuminated. The original wording in the 1997 regulations says the post MAY be internally illuminated. At the moment the designer/Local Authority has the choice on using internally illuminated posts/columns, the DfT are now mandating all new ones must be internally illuminated which contradicts their stated aim of giving LAs choice and flexibility.

The original wording below also refers to the size of the bands and that the bottom band could be up to 1m and the requirement for one globe at each end of the crossing, which is now missing.
Some elements such as the beacon colour and size and mounting height are now incorporated into the diagram.

“1.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Part of this Schedule the traffic signs which are to be placed at or near a Zebra crossing for the purpose of indicating it shall consist of globes each of which is—
(a)coloured yellow or fluorescent yellow;
(b)not less than 275 nor more than 335 mm in diameter;
(c)illuminated by a flashing light or, where the Secretary of State so authorises in writing in relation to a particular crossing a constant steady light; and
(d)mounted on a post or bracket so that the lowest part of a globe is not less than 2.1 metres nor more than 3.1 metres above the surface of the ground immediately beneath it.

(2) One globe shall be placed at each end of the crossing and, if there is a refuge for pedestrians or central reservation on the crossing, one or more globes may, if the traffic authority thinks fit, be placed on the refuge or central reservation.

2. Where a globe is mounted on or attached to a post, whether or not specially provided for the purpose—
(a)the post shall be coloured in alternate black and white bands, the lowest band being coloured black;
(b)the bands shall be not less than 275 mm nor more than 335 mm wide except that the lowest band may be up to 1 metre wide; and
(c)the post may be internally illuminated.

3. A globe or the post on which it is mounted may be fitted with all or any of the following—
(a)a backing board or other device designed to improve the conspicuousness of the globe;
(b)a shield or other device designed to prevent or reduce light shining into adjacent premises;
(c)a light to illuminate the crossing.”