If you wish to ride a motorcycle on a public road in Ireland, you should be aware there are specific rules in place about the type of lamps and reflectors that must be fitted to your motorcycle. These provisions are set down in the Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations, 1963 (as amended). Effective use of lighting on your motorcycle will ensure that other road users see you. The Gardai (Irish police force) are responsible for the enforcement of the law on the lighting of vehicles in Ireland and this enforcement is essential for road safety. The object of these Regulations is to prevent accidents and protect life and property.
Motorcycles at all times are required to have:
Side-cars of motorcycles are required at all times to have:
The head lamps on your motorcycle should be dipped in good time in the following situations:
All motorcyclists are required to use lamps (other than stop lamps) during "lighting-up" hours. If you are using your motorcycle during the day when visibility is poor, you are also required to use lamps. If you are using lamps on your motorcycle, you should ensure that your lights are dipped when approaching other road users.
Most motorcycles are fitted with these lamps and reflectors as standard. You can purchase replacement lamps at any reputable motorcycle shop.
If you are unsure about whether your motorcycle conforms to the law, you should contact your nearest Garda station for advice and information.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.