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Lighting and light-signalling for two or three-wheel motor vehicles

This Directive forms part of the harmonisation of national laws on the EC type-approval of two or three-wheel motor vehicles. It lays down the rules applying to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices for this of vehicle.


Directive 2009/67/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices on two or three-wheel motor vehicles (Text with EEA relevance).


This Directive lays down the technical rules for the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices on vehicles. It falls within the scope of Directive 2002/24/EC relating to the type-approval of two or three-wheeled motor vehicles.


This Directive applies to:

  • two-wheel mopeds;
  • three-wheel mopeds and light quadricycles;
  • two-wheel motorcycles;
  • motorcycles with side-car;
  • tricycles.

Technical requirements

Technical requirements concern the number, arrangement drawings, geometric visibility, alignment, incorporation with other devices and telltales for each of the lighting and light-signalling devices concerned and according to the type of vehicle.

The alignment of illuminating lamps must be set correctly. The conditions relating to symmetry and colour must be complied with if the lamps constitute a pair.

Telltales must be visible to the driver and comply with a specific colour code given in Annex I to this Directive.

EC type-approval

Where the requirements of this Directive are fulfilled, Member States may not refuse to grant EC type-approval for a two or three-wheel motor vehicle or prohibit its registration, sale or entry into service. If the requirements are not fulfilled, Member States must refuse to grant EC type-approval for any two or three-wheel motor vehicle.

This Directive repeals Directive 93/92/EC. It applies with effect from 1 January 2010.


ActEntry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 2009/67/EC



OJ L 222 of 25.8.2009

Last updated: 06.01.2010
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