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DOT Reflective Tape Requirements For Trucks Explained

DOT Reflective Tape Requirements For Trucks

Why the DOT reflective tape requirements for trucks exist and how it saves lives by preventing accidents

According to the DOT requirements, all commercial trucks are legally required to be equipped with highly reflective tape or its equivalent in the form of reflectors, so they are more visible. But drive down any Michigan highway and it’s shocking to see just how many trucks still do not use this product.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that these requirements are highly effective in preventing crashes. The study estimated that once all heavy trucks in the U.S. have been equipped with this tape, 7,800 crashes each year will be prevented. The study also estimated that 191 to 350 fatalities per year — meaning people killed driving into trucks without this tape in poor visibility conditions — will be prevented, as well as 3,100 to 5,000 people who suffer personal injury from these types of truck accidents. According to the study, this tape greatly reduces side and rear crashes into heavy tractor-trailers.

Regardless, many truck drivers and trucking companies throughout the country and in Michigan neglect to adhere to the DOT reflective tape requirements for their trucks. Since the absence of this tape on trucks has been proven to cause catastrophic accidents, there is very little excuse for why fleets haven’t adhered to the laws for older trucks that are still in service as this product is inexpensive.

Also, if a truck driver is caught driving a newer model truck without this tape, he or she can be cited with a safety violation and the truck can be taken out of service (shut down).

What Are The DOT Reflective Tape Requirements For Trucks?

  • Must use DOT C2 reflective tape
  • Red and white striped for back and bottom sides of trailers
  • Silver or white for upper rear of trailers
  • Must cover at least 50% of total side length
  • Must be along entire bottom of the back
  • Must be on the entire lower rear bar
  • Must have inverted L 12 inches long on upper rear of trailers

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Reflective Tape Requirements