This is the deadline to replace the triangles

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From then on it is mandatory to use only and exclusively the v16 emergency beacon

Placing the triangles to indicate a breakdown of our vehicle on the road is numbered. This action, which we all learned in driving school, will soon come to an end. Instead, drivers must carry a distress beacon v16.

This change is the result of the entry into force of the Royal Decree that regulates assistance on public roads. According to Jorge Ordás, the DGT’s deputy general director of Mobility Management and Technology, the retraction of the triangles is due to the high number of fatal accidents that occur when drivers have to get out of cars to place or retrieve them. Between 2019 and January 2021, according to DGT data, 32 people died from being run over on the road after getting out of the vehicle (not counting the Basque Country and Catalonia).

The regulation came into effect on July 1, 2021, the date from which the triangles next to the amber light exist in its connected or disconnected version. However, this coexistence will not be forever and has an expiration date.

From 1 January 2026, motorists will no longer be able to use the warning triangles to indicate that the vehicle is stationary on the road. It is then mandatory to use the connected v16 beacon.

This amber light has numerous benefits besides reducing the risk of being run over as it is not necessary to get out of the vehicle to position it. For example, it has a simple activation system and easily adheres to the vehicle on metal, plastic or glass surfaces.

This device is a flashing LED light that makes it visible from a mile away in all directions, even in low light conditions.

When the v16 beacon is activated, it sends the location of the stationary vehicle to the DGT 3.0 cloud every 100 seconds, so that the information reaches other drivers. This geolocation feature will notify the General Traffic Service and will appear on information boards on the highway, next to the various roadside assistance and assistance systems.

The device works on a 9V battery and has a range of more than two hours. At the moment it is not known which v16 beacons are authorized by the DGT, so if you are considering purchasing one, it is better to wait for the official list to be published.

The triangles should be positioned so that they can be seen 100 meters in front on two-way roads, while on motorways or dual carriageways they only need to be placed about 50 meters behind the car.

Source: La Verdad

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