Compulsory car equipment should shrink or not

Required safety equipment in cars could undergo changes. Replacement bulbs and fuses could replace the list of what drivers have to carry in the car. Some Members are inclined to do so. According to them, cars are as unnecessary as most drivers can not or can not replace them. At the same time, they want to unify mandatory equipment in Europe. However, there are some experts.


Replacement light bulbs and fuses, spare wheel or tire repair kit, warning triangle, reflective vest, car kit and key wheel nuts. The mandatory equipment is that every driver must have in his car. However, according to some deputies, the first three listed items might have disappeared.


MEPs have just been discussing it and have not reached any official conclusion.

“There is no problem with replacing the light bulb with other vehicles, considering that in the case of diminished visibility, if I break the light that is facing the road, I can not continue driving,” says politician Martin of BESIP.


Some experts would not be releasing the hiver and the spare wheel. According to them, it is not a problem for the driver to replace the damaged tire himself. According to experts, a fire extinguisher could be included in the mandatory equipment in the Czech Republic. He is required in Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania. Denmark only recommends it.


The Czech Republic and Slovakia are the last countries where spare fuses and incandescent lamps are mandatory. However, according to traffic safety experts, only the most recent cars, which the driver virtually can not manage, are driving on Czech roads. The average age of cars is fifteen years for us.


Do you know how to drive in winter

For over a month, drivers have to wear safety vest and change the winter tires, if there is a continuous layer of snow, ice or icing on this road, but even then, this can be assumed. If you violate this obligation, you will be liable to a fine of up to CZK 2,000. Not only winter tires are part of winter car preparation. Volkswagen Financial Services reported.


In addition to winter wheels, it is also good to check the car’s equipment, replacement bulbs, spare fuses, wheel nut, hiver, spare wheel, warning triangle, reflective vest and first aid kit. In winter, it is also good to carry a field blade, a glass scraper, a de-icing lock, a strong rope and possibly chains.


Car washing should also be part of the winter preparation, since the car has to deal with spreading salt, gravel and other substances that are used for road maintenance.


In the winter, however, the driver must be prepared first. In 2016, over 53 000 accidents were caused by an incorrect way of driving. Sometimes it is better to leave the car at home. “Every year, experts advise drivers not to drive in a very unfavorable weather, and every year many drivers do not listen to these recommendations, but they have to calculate what costs more – one public transport or car repair, in the best case,” says Lukas Cana in yellow vest from Volkswagen Financial Services. According to the survey, 50% of drivers are influenced by their driving habits during the winter season and the associated weather conditions. As a result, 22% of drivers drive the car in winter less often or almost at all.



Pink reflective vest for hens

According to the manufacturer, the safety vest protect the hens not only from road traffic, but also from adverse weather, and small farm animals will remain clean, dry, and warm. Isolation is particularly suited for poultry chickens that have fewer feathers and are therefore more susceptible to ambient temperature.


Reflective vests for hens began to be produced on customer request.

However, the manufacturer recommends removing the clothes at night so that the hens do not overheat. Nor does it recommend its use at high outdoor temperatures.


Jane Haworth of the British Hen Welfare Trust, who oversees hen breeding in the UK, is of course pleased with the outfits. “They are one of the most sensible things on the market. Because they were demanding, it turns out that people are beginning to keep the hens like their lovers.” At the same time, he hopes that people will stop the hens from wearing them in knitted clothes where they can get tangled.


Just ten days after the start of the sale, about two hundred customers bought the high visibility vest via the Internet. Meanwhile, customers are clearly winning pinks against yellow in a 2: 1 ratio.




Some reflective vests on the market are not visible in the dark

Some reflective vests that are commonly sold here are not visible in the dark. Researchers from BUT in Brno found this. These are, for example, vests bought at the market. Although they have a label about the atheists, they are still not working. The obligation to wear reflective elements in the dark has pedestrians outside the village for more than a year.


Researchers at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication of BUT test the reflective high visibility vests directly on the field. They use a special camera with a camera to create a so-called bright map. It depicts how much the character is at night in contrast to the surroundings. “What you see here is a luminous analyzer, which is built on a digital SLR camera, which is specially adapted for this case, and the photo is analyzed by the software,” explains the head of the Jan Skoda Lighting Laboratory.


Two figurants went into the dark, 80 meters from the car. At such a distance, it must be seen that the driver has reacted to the pedestrian at speeds of about 90 km. The technician with the device in the car is focused, photographed and analyzed. “There is only one safety vest visible from the bright map, the other one can not be seen,” Jan Skoda said.


Reflective vest in car: where is it mandatory

Motorists should keep an eye on whether they have a reflective vest in the car. In many countries, it is mandatory, often under the threat of thousands of fines.


Most recently – since April 30 – it is mandatory to wear a reflective vest in Slovenia. Local measures are among the countries where the vest is compulsory, the most moderate. The driver must always wear it when he or she leaves a car on a motorway or expressway in an accident or breaks a car.


A similar situation as in Slovenia is in Belgium, Italy, Romania and this year also in Luxembourg and Hungary. Still, there are differences – The Hungarian police have no power to collect fines on the spot in cash, a fine is paid by a payment order and must be paid within 15 days. In Italy, passengers must also use the passenger jacket if they leave the vehicle in the event of an accident or breakdown.


Stricter conditions apply since 2005 in neighboring Austria. Outside of the village, the driver must wear the safety vest always in a situation where a warning triangle, motorways and express roads are to be built behind the vehicle every time they move out of the car. In addition, it is the duty to carry the vest. Failure to comply with these rules will theoretically amount to a penalty of up to € 5,000, in reality the fine ranges from € 14 to € 36 (about $ 350- $ 900). According to the Austrian Automobile Club ÖAMTC, the lower rate is most often levied.


A similar situation as in Austria is in a typical summer destination for Czech drivers – in Croatia the duty is extended except for motorists and motorcyclists, but for violation, there is no sanction at present. In the Czech Republic, according to Government Regulation 168/2002 Coll. Reflective vest is a part of mandatory service equipment. Vehicle vehicles are also subject to the obligation to wear reflective vests in Germany.


The European Standard EN 471 defines how the visor should look properly. If this standard matches the high visibility vest, it should be marked on the label along with other product data. Although in many countries there is no obligation to have or use reflective vests, transport experts agree that it is always better to keep it in touch with regard to their own security in case of unforeseen events.


The T-shirt is a bigger shield than the bulletproof vest

“I do not feel threatened on missions. The context of where we go is problematic, but we pay attention to security. We are not subject to any governments or funds as organizations, so our protection is that we are an independent organization. We can do what we want if we negotiate the conditions in the place where we want to help. If the local community respects us, it is far more shield than if we had bulletproof safety vests and armed guards, “says surgeon Tomas, host of Personalities Plus.


“We do not have one, we have a dozen MSFs with a logo, and that’s enough protection,” he adds and explains how the work of an international humanitarian organization, a longtime member, works.


“It is essential to negotiate the terms with all parties to the conflict. If we did not do that, we cannot work there. When there was a security risk at some point, we had to leave the mission, but it does not happen often. We work to ensure that people who respect us have free medical care, which is very well in the environment, and these people are very happy, “says the surgeon in safety clothing.


We cannot rely on family

“Sometimes we have a lot harder here, because we cannot rely on our family, friends and community. People, such as Afghanistan, carry this much more bravely. Perhaps more, North Africans are mostly in the line of battle, knowing that they will be going to school in the morning, and they may not count all of them in the evening.


There are people around who carried the weight with them. It is their native land, even though there are forty years of civil war there. They stay with warning vest because they have mutual support. We do not have it here. Oftentimes we forget about the family and the people around us and we have unnecessary burdens. At the same time, I think that the basis is the support, comments the physician working in the war zones of the different situation and the concept of the community.


I did not forget the dream

Tomas Sebeka started his work on missions at his 33 years of age. “I did not believe long after school, even after the attestations, and I did not think I could be of any benefit to the MSF organization. I needed to use my tongue, I did not think my surgical experience was enough to help local people help and pass on their knowledge. I have been working on it for a long time; I have been looking forward to it for a long time. Fortunately, I never forgot my dream when I finally left my first mission,” he remembers.


Obvious reflections for pedestrians on outside built-up areas

From August 31, every pedestrian moving along the roads outside the built-up area will have to equip themselves with reflective material. The police will be able to punish the pedestrian with a mandate for lack of required reflections.


The amendment to the road traffic law will come into force on the last day of holidays. Goal is to increase pedestrian safety, and at the same time to reduce the number of fatal accidents. Until now, the regulations for the obligatory use of reflections after dark outside built-up areas concerned persons under the age of 15. Everyone will now be regulated, without exception.


The holidays are over and the school year begins any day. What does it mean? In addition to the density of cars on the streets, the number of pedestrians moving outside the built-up area will increase significantly. An unspecified stroller combined with faster and faster dusk – these are often the main reasons for the tragic events on the roads. Many pedestrians also move on the wrong side of the road.


Pedestrians are often forced to move outside built-up areas, in places without lighting, sidewalks or even shoulders. They move along the edge of the road. Even if they follow the right, left side of the road, but do not have reflective elements: vests, braces, bands – their visibility is limited to only 30 meters. For a driver driving 90 km / h, it is too short a distance for reaction and effective avoidance of such a person – explains the younger aspirant Joanna.


After sunset, the visibility of the pedestrian is very limited. Thanks to the vests, the drivers will be able to see people walking from nearly 120 meters. Remember that the permitted speed of cars moving outside the built-up area is 90 km / h. On dry asphalt at such a speed, the distance from the moment of braking to the complete stop of the vehicle will be extended to nearly 80 meters. It is scary to think about the length of the car driving on the wet road.


If the pedestrian does not comply with the regulations – the police will be able to impose on him a fine of 20 to even 500 PLN. Just look at last year’s statistics, which clearly present the scale of danger. In 2013, 9.5 thousand were recorded on Polish roads. accidents involving pedestrians, in which 1147 people were killed. For nearly 9,000 the injured parties ended up with injuries. The most tragic month was November, when 159 pedestrians died.


It is worth educating and making aware of how big a danger on the road is an invisible pedestrian. A simple, ordinary reflector is always worth having with you, even if you are moving in built-up areas – he adds. It is worth to buy reflective elements. The price of the set: reflective band and vest should not exceed PLN 10. The costs of treatment are disproportionately higher.


The public in safety vest tried to block the hunt

Socialists in reflective vest from the organization “Silesia against the hunter” tried to block the hunt, which on Saturday morning was to take place in the forest near Gliwice. You do not have to kill animals. Why are you doing this? They asked hunters. In retaliation, hunters blocked the car of one of the volunteers and called the police.


On Saturday morning, hunting enthusiasts from the Hunting Association in Gliwice met near Gliwice. At the edge of the forest, a dozen or so men lit a fire and began preparations. Unexpectedly, a group of people in reflective vests appeared nearby. – We do not agree to the killing of animals. We cannot understand how in the 21st century, when people do not have to hunt to feed them, a ritual happens. There are no arguments for those who shoot animals. We want to prevent them. Therefore, we will walk through the forest on the line of fire. We have high visibility vests, so we will be clearly visible. Perhaps in this way, we will be able to protect even one wild boar or a roe – convinced Aleksandra from Bytom.


The community immediately caught the attention of the hunters. Are our touts? poked. Some of them, however, immediately reacted nervously. We have to call the police. They asked. We are not doing anything wrong. Everyone has the right to enter the forest. This is our common good – the social workers said. We tried to talk to the hunters, but they did not want to speak. They started the collection; one of them started playing on the hunting horn. Thanks to the destruction of fields, we lose collections – the farmer was upset, who rode a tractor with an oblong trailer in his place, probably for transporting dead animals.


Meanwhile, several hunters after the conference began to photograph car registrations with which volunteers came. It looks like an attempt to intimidate – they said. In response, the hunters set a “Caution hunting” sign by the path to the forest. – It means that everyone is entering the forest at his own risk now. That is, the forest is now in the possession of hunters, not walkers – says Bedeck.


The hunters blocked the volunteer car

Hunters did not think about giving up hunting. They got into their cars and drove into the forest along a dirt road. Volunteers in safety vest followed them. The cavalcade stopped in the middle of the forest, the hunters decided to consult once again. At one point, one of the hunters blocked Babushka’s car with his car. Then the cavalcade wanted to move on, but the social workers did not allow it. They stood across the road and demanded the unlocking of the car. There was confusion. Hunters and social workers started calling the police.



The Bakery has sponsored safety vests for students

Exactly 109 students of the Local Primary School named after the authors of Children’s Literature received as part of our campaign reflective vests, which are to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on the road.


This time the sponsor of the vests was Pinker, having in our podia and not only many commercial outlets (including the school). In the primary school, everything was perfectly prepared as usual: on the wide corridor, benches and chairs were set up, on which pupils and teachers sat. We explained to the little ones why exactly the safety vest is to be used, we asked them to give the knowledge to their parents and grandparents right away.


It was not without a sweet treat from the sponsor, the owner of Bakery brought with him children’s cakes. All the children received the gifts and high visibility vests; we will visit more schools soon.

The British are protesting against reflective vests

It is specifically about reflective vests modeled on police vests used by officers of motorcycles who ride motorcycles. They have a characteristic cut and a black and white checkerboard. The main difference is Polite, instead of Police.


Where does this opposition come from? According to the initiators of the campaign, the use of such high visibility vests means that road users perceive motorcyclists as police officers, giving the fans of two wheels unjust forums. What is interesting is the petitioners stand… motorcyclists, and some of their arguments are alive borrowed from Monty Python. Ed Elliott representing people who have problems with vests claims that they “destroy the cool image of motorcyclists.” In addition, “motorcyclists are replaced on the roads by yellow minions” and “individuals using vests pretend to be policemen, and this is not helpful or wise.” The petition is directed to not just anyone, because to Prime Minister David Cameron.


What is going on? We do not know very much, but it is certainly another version of the British sense of humor understandable only for British islanders. We know with confidence that vests with the word (instead of the Police) and modeled on police safety vests are quite popular among Polish bikers. Do you have a problem with that?