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Reflective Vinyl - Reflective Material - Reflector Material

Reflective vinyl, police and emergency vehicle graphics, Retro-reflective self adhesive vinyl, Fluorescent vinyl’s, Reflective road signs

Why Reflective vinyl ?

reflective vinyl are markings used for visibility at night

Here is a list of benefits to using self adhesive reflective vinyl:

Can be easily seen at night when light hits it.

Drivers can see road signage more easily at night.

Police and Emergency vehicle can be easily identified

Vehicle recovery trucks can be seen from a distance at night.

You can digitally print on the reflective vinyl.

Here is a list of some of the limitations of reflective vinyl

Since it has a thin metallic layer, it does not stretch as easily and as much as regular vinyl lettering does and it will tear apart if you try stretching it too far.

You have a limited amount of colours to select from.

When you print on reflective vinyl, the only part that will be reflective well will be the unprinted portion of the vinyl.

Will cost allot more than regular vinyl lettering.

A long haul truck fitted with reflective vinyl

Reflective vinyl that reflects light has been around for years, it has been used for traffic signs, Police and Emergency vehicles, reflective stripes on trailers, and many other areas. It is great for safety when you are in the dark, and we now see it on safety clothing and footwear.

This special reflective vinyl the Police and Emergency service use on your vehicles and signs. Some countries have even made it mandate that you have this type of vinyl lettering on your home for easy recognition for emergency vehicles. You can be as creative as you want to be. You can make reflective custom decals for helmets so you can ride your bike or roller blade at night. Make emergency decal stickers or emergency lettering to put around your home for when the power goes out so you can find your way.

reflective vinyl on a truck

Reflective vinyl material on road vehicles


The requirements concerning the lighting devices and retro-reflective material of all vehicles used on the public road are contained in The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 (RVLR), as amended. This advice sheet represents the opinion of the DfT and not an authoritative statement of the law.

  1. 1. General Requirements Retro-reflective material is material that reflects light back to its source. It does not include material that reflects an image of a lamp (for example a piece of chrome or a mirror), or material that is not reflective but has other properties, for example fluorescent material which glows under sunlight but does not reflect light at night. Placement of retro-reflective material on vehicles is regulated under the RVLR. The colour of the material is regulated whereas the shape, size and grade is generally not specified. Colour Where retro-reflective material is fitted to the vehicle for conspicuity purposes, it is treated as an "optional retro-reflector" under RVLR. The permitted colour depends on whether the material is mounted on the front, side or rear of a vehicle: Rear – only RED is allowed. (there are limited exceptions to this: e.g. yellow for number plates and "Long Vehicle" marker plates) Side – only AMBER (which is generally read as including yellow), with the exception that material within 1m of the rear of the vehicle is allowed to be RED. Front – any colour is permitted, EXCEPT red. (White is recommended). For the side of the vehicle only, there is a caveat to the above rule. If the side of the vehicle is fitted with retro-reflective material which is not for conspicuity purposes but is for advertising purposes, for example a company logo, there is a variation from the above rules in that any colour is permitted. However if the retro-reflective material is very high specification, even if it is in the shape of a logo it may still be deemed to be mounted on the vehicle for conspicuity purposes and then it will have to be amber. Shape and size There are no restrictions on shape or size.
  2. 2. Emergency Vehicles Emergency vehicles (the official Police, Fire & Rescue, and Ambulance services) and certain other Government vehicles have special exemptions from the colours specified above and so can use other colours. The police can use blue or white to the side, fire and rescue services may use red to the side, ambulances may use green to the side.
  3. 3. Goods Vehicles Large goods vehicles first used from 10 July 2011 and trailers manufactured from the same date are required to be fitted with retro-reflective conspicuity markings. These consist of strips of reflective material that are used to mark the outline of the rear and on the side to show the length and the upper corners. The markings used on the rear must be red or yellow and on the side must be yellow or white. Vehicles affected are goods vehicles with a GVW exceeding 7.5 tonnes, except tractor units for semi trailers, chassis cabs and incomplete vehicles and trailers with a GVW exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Derogations apply where the vehicle design is such that applying the complete marking is not possible.
  4. high visibility markings used on a vehicle

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