From January 1 this element should be in all motorized vehicles of Chileans.
As of January 1, 2016, a new decree for motorists that determines the mandatory carrying of reflective vests within the emergency kit of each vehicle begins to apply.
The measure seeks to reduce the risks of accidents and collisions in places of low visibility or at night when drivers must get off their vehicles to repair any damage.
Do not carry this item in an easily accessible place, such as the glove box or under the seat, could mean fines between $ 9,000 and $ 22,500. However, the first days will operate a “white march”, where the examiners will evaluate whether or not to take the fines.
What are the characteristics that the reflective vest should have?
The vest must be yellow (otherwise it risks even a fine) and made of fluorescent material, “this being understood as one that emits optical radiation of greater wavelength than absorbed”, as stated in the decree.
At the same time, it has retro-reflective tapes at least 5 centimeters wide.
The reflective tapes must be at least 5 centimeters above the lower edge of the vest and also separated from each other by a minimum distance of 5 centimeters.
What models of reflective vests are accepted?
Only 3 options:
Model 1: The vest can have a horizontal band that surrounds the torso, and two bands that join from front to back over each shoulder, forming an X on the back. The lower part of the torso band should be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the lower edge of the vest.
Model 2: Two horizontal bands surrounding the torso, separated by a minimum distance of 5 centimeters. The lower part of the lower band must be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the lower edge of the vest.
Model 3: Two horizontal bands surrounding the torso, separated by a minimum distance of 5 centimeters, and bands that join the upper band of the torso from front to back, passing through each shoulder. On the back, they form an X. The lower part of the lower band of the torso must be at a minimum distance of 5 centimeters from the lower edge of the vest.
What should the emergency kit have?
According to the Traffic Law, all motor vehicles must have a fire extinguisher and an emergency kit, which must have at least two elements: the reflective vest with reflective materials and two reflective triangles.