When (not) allowed to drive with rear fog lights, and when it is mandatory

We have solved the issue of driving with fog lights on when there is no fog in this text: Can we drive with fog lights when there is no fog? However, what about the rear fog lights – are they mandatory, can they be used when there is no fog?

Do all cars have to have rear fog lights?

Not everyone has to – but cars registered in Serbia for the first time after March 1, 2011 must have them. The rear fog lights can be designed as one or two lights. Also, the rear fog light must be connected so that it can only be switched on if the position lights and are on “At least one road light” (as defined in the Law).

Does the rear fog light MUST be used when there is fog?

By law, it doesn’t have to be – no matter how illogical it may seem. In the Law on Traffic Safety, in Article 79, Paragraph 1, it reads as follows:

“During fog, dipped-beam headlamps or fog lights or both must be switched on on the motor vehicle.”

So – it doesn’t say anything about the obligatory use of rear fog lights. Also, since there is no penalty for not using the rear fog light, this means that by fog law you do not have to use the rear fog lights.

We appeal to common sense!

Despite the fact that it is not obligatory – we appeal to your common sense – to use both front and rear fog lights in conditions of reduced visibility. In such conditions, the road is usually slippery, so the driver behind you will not only see you late, but his braking distance will be longer, which means that there is a much higher chance of him hitting you. And then he can run into a third car, a fourth, a truck, a truck …

Should the rear fog light be used when there is NO fog?

We can’t!

Article 79, Paragraph 2 reads as follows:

The rear fog light is used only in fog or in case of reduced visibility.

So, if there is no fog and generally when you are not driving in low visibility conditions, you must not use the rear fog light. Otherwise, you can get a fine of 3,000 dinars.

A special problem

A special problem is that a large number of drivers do not even know that there are rear fog lights, where they turn on, that they should be used when there is fog or low visibility …

If you belong to this group of drivers, we advise you to look for where the fog lights come on – read the car manual, ask a more experienced driver, etc. When you turn on the rear fog lights – the corresponding light on the instrument panel will come on.

Source: Polovniautomobili.com

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