Just as warning triangles are required by law in all vehicles in order to warn other road users about accidents, etc., it is now required, since 1 March 2007, that all cars have an approved reflective vest that is easily accessible.
If you have not yet got a vest, there are plenty of possibilities. Approved vests can be found in car accessory shops, supermarkets and other shops. Many car dealers give away reflective vests as a service to their customers. This is a excellent way to improve safety in the event an accident should occur.
Often there are several people in the car; no one should get out of the car without a reflective vest. Think about traffic safety for your passengers and have reflective vests available for them, too.
If you are going to drive in Europe, remember that having a reflective vest in the car is mandatory in Austria, Spain, Italy and Portugal.
It is recommended that the vest be certified in EN 471 Class 2 – or EN 1150. The NPRA continues to recommend that you use an EN 471 Class 2 vest, which is more clearly visible than an EN 1150 vest. The NPRA also recommends that you have reflective vests for all passengers in the vehicle.
Not having a reflective vest in the car will not initially result in a fine. However, the police can issue a fine if the road user displays lack of judgment and negligence by not using a vest in situations where it is advisable.
It is the car owner's responsibility to see that there is a reflective vest in the car. Both the police and the NPRA will ask to see the vest in connection with roadside checks. Having a vest in the car will also be required in connection with EEA inspections.