The edge protection on the spoiler plays an important role in protecting pedestrians and cyclists. Spoilers are aerodynamic components that are (or will be) fitted to cars to optimize airflow around the vehicle, thereby improving stability and efficiency. However, they can also pose potential hazards to people in the vicinity of the vehicle. The main purpose of the edge protection is to cushion the potentially sharp edges of the spoiler to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident. Without this protection, the hard and sharp edges of the spoiler could cause serious injury in a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist.
Edge protection on the spoiler
In general, edge protection should be fitted to each spoiler, designed to pose a potential risk to the pedestrian. This includes spoilers with sharp edges or those that are at a height where they could collide with a human. In addition, in some countries and regions there are clear legal regulations that require spoilers to be equipped with edge protection have. The exact penalties and fines for not having edge protection on the spoiler vary depending on local laws and regulations. In some cases, there can be fines, points in the driving aptitude register or even the withdrawal of the operating license if the spoiler is installed without the required edge protection.
Removal can lead to the invalidation of the operating license!
If the spoiler was originally equipped with edge protection and this is noted in the registration documents, then the edge protection is an integral part of the spoiler. If the edge protection is removed, this can lead to Expiration of the general operating permit (ABE) or the approval lead for the spoiler. This means that the vehicle no longer meets the legal requirements and can therefore no longer be operated on public roads. Driving without a valid operating license can lead to significant penalties, points in Flensburg or even the withdrawal of your driving license. It is therefore essential to ensure that the edge protection is correctly installed and intact.
examiner didn't notice? Doesn't matter!
The requirements for the equipment of the spoiler are determined by the specifications laid down in the registration documents. Even if an inspector may have overlooked the missing edge protection during a change acceptance, this has no influence on the legal situation. The general operating permit (ABE) or the operating permit/parts certificate for the spoiler are based on the documents that were submitted for approval. If edge protection is listed in these documents, then the vehicle is only legally compliant with this edge protection.
If the edge protection is missing, the operating permit expires, regardless of whether this was noticed during an inspection or not. In the event of an inspection or an accident in which the conformity of the vehicle is checked, the lack of edge protection can have legal consequences. Even decommissioning is possible and if something happens you might lose insurance coverage.
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