Only every tenth reflection meets - according to the Trade Inspection of control. Businesses and consumers do not distinguish them from gadgets that do not increase road safety. OCCP, in cooperation with the Police, the Central Institute for Labor Protection and the Institute of Road Transport, has prepared a special guide on safe glare.


According to the statistics of the Office of Prevention and Traffic Police Headquarters, in 2014 in accidents involving pedestrians lives of 1 116 people and injured 398. 8 were the most tragic consequences of events in the undeveloped area on unlit roads - every third man died. According to regulations, all pedestrians traveling on the road after dusk outside the built-up area are required to use reflective elements.


Control of Trade Inspection related to safety reflectors available on the market throughout Polish. Reflectors were tested for marking, reflective properties, resistance to falling and the influence of rain. Laboratory tests are conducted by an accredited laboratory of the Institute of Motor Transport.


Results of controls

The audit revealed that entrepreneurs lacked basic knowledge about the requirements to be met by glare (including conducting appropriate for this group of products conformity assessment procedures). Offered reflective accessories and reflective tape were also labeled without due diligence.


OCCP pointed out that the market is dominated by gadgets that resemble glare, but should not be used by consumers as accessories reflective, because they do not meet the most important requirements for size (min. 15 cm2), the properties of light reflecting surface and immunity guarantees preservation of these properties even in difficult weather conditions. Many of them are sold with information suggesting that they are wholesome reflective accessories and wearing raises their visibility on the road user.


IH inspectors inspected 113 businesses (manufacturers, importers, retailers and large retailers.) Questioned nearly 90 percent of the 226 tested a lot of products. Research in the laboratory of the IT’S, which were 41 samples showed that 41.5 percent of them did not meet the photometric requirements - the light reflected insufficient or the reflective surface was too low (under the law, it should be at least 15 cm 2). In 81 per cent cases objections concerned the manual, which was missing or invalid. Other comments relate to improper documentation and marking: missing or improperly prepared the EC type examination certificate - 58 percent EC declaration of conformity - 71 percent and CE marking - more than 40 percent.


In the case of articles 156 Provincial inspectors Trade Inspection it possible for businesses to take voluntary corrective action. They issued a 17 decision temporarily prohibiting further access to satisfying the requirements of glare and headed 13 notifications on suspicion of committing the crime to law enforcement. Outkick initiated so far 14 administrative proceedings to withdraw from the sale of the disputed products of reflective material. In most cases, entrepreneurs have already taken voluntary remedial action.