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NFPA 1901 Chevron Reflective Striping Requirements for Emergency Vehicles

The NFPA 1901 recommendation deals with the marking of fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.  The recommendation covers the application of reflective tape to the rear of the vehicle in the form of chevron striping, the side of the vehicle and … Continue reading

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FRA 224 Railcar Reflective Marking Regulations Requirements

The FRA 224 regulations for rail car (freight car) markings was updated in 2005 and covers all rail cars and locomotives.  The requirements are fairly straight forward.   The purpose of the rule is to require the application and use of … Continue reading

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How Does Retro Reflective Tape Work ?

You see reflective tape every day and every night.  But have you ever stopped to think how it works? Reflective tape (also known as retro-reflective tape) works by reflecting light back to the light source only.  In other words, the … Continue reading

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Federal DOT FMCSA NHTSA Reflective Tape Requirements – Trucks Tractor Trailers

Introduction – Trucks exceeding 10,000 pounds and over 80 inches wide must mark their trailers with 2″ wide DOT C2 reflective tape that alternates white and red. (white looks silvery in the daytime). A 6/6 (6″ red and 6″ white) … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between Glass Bead and Prismatic Reflective Tape?

There are two types of reflective tape, glass bead and prismatic.  Glass bead tapes were the first reflective tapes and then in the 1960′s prismatic tape was invented by Reflexite.  It is interesting that prismatic tapes have not replaced glass … Continue reading

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Flexible High Intensity Reflective Tape – SOLAS Alternative

Flexible high intensity reflective tape is a glass bead product that utilizes a polyester topcoat to allow the tape to stretch and conform to flexible surfaces. Some examples of these surfaces would be a traffic cone, a road barrel or … Continue reading

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FHWA Regulations for Reflective Tape at Railroad Crossings (crossbucks)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations require that all crossbucks at rail-highway crossings will need to be affixed with reflective strips by January 17, 2011. By January 17, 2011 a two inch strip of white retro-reflective material must be placed … Continue reading

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FMVSS 131 & FMVSS 217 School Bus Reflective Tape Marking Requirements Regulations

FMVSS 131 & FMVSS 217 School Bus Reflective Tape Regulations: Virtually every state has regulations regarding the marking of school buses.  The main goal of these regulations is to clearly mark with reflective tape the emergency exits of the bus.  … Continue reading

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How to Install Reflective Tape – Troubleshooting, Removing

Installing reflective tape is a very simple process.  It is basically a peel, stick and press process.  However, some preparation must be done beforehand to insure a long lasting application. Adhesive performance depends almost entirely on surface preparation. Before beginning … Continue reading

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US Coast Guard Retro Reflective Regulations for SOLAS Tape USCG 46 CFR, section 164.018

Where to place Retro-Reflective Material on Life-Saving Appliances USCG 46 CFR, section 164.018 The United States Coast Guard has established regulations for the placement of retro reflective tape on all lifesaving devices on commercial vessels. The approved tapes are generally … Continue reading

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