Road Safety: The Fire Extinguisher Must Be Placed Near the Driver's Seat
26 March 2013 - The Défi Media Group
Confusion about the exact location of the fire extinguisher must be stored in a vehicle. Some motorists keep their fire pump in the trunk. They would benefit from reflex change, or else the tickets!
Revoilà pump fire (fire extinguisher) ... under spotlight. We recall that the expiration date on these extinguishers had raised a controversy. Besides the dimensions of this thing supposed to save your life in case of fire.
Today, this is where the motorist must store its pump fire that controversy. The 'Road Traffic Regulation 2010 use of vehicle, does not mention the exact location, but police authorities advocate an accessible, that is to say at your fingertips. This, to deal with any eventuality in case of fire.
Ally, a taxi driver Levieux Camp has fined March 12. He begs the indulgence of the authorities. He pleads ignorance ramgé for his extinguisher in the trunk of his car.
That day, the taxi driver, which is based at Camp Levieux, had left Tamarin. He was arrested by police for a routine check. After verification, the police officer asked him to submit his extinguisher. Ally is then lowered his vehicle to look for the fire pump that was in the trunk. Which earned him a ticket for not having the fire extinguisher stored in a location easily accessible.
According to the agent, the pump should be at hand. The driver protested, but in vain. " Pourtant, la loi pas dire narien lor cotte bisin garde ça la pompe. La loi pas claire ditou,"growls Ally.
Jocelyn Mootooveeren does not share this opinion. According to the inspector of the Road Safety Unit, a taxi driver has a license to transport passengers. So, according to the inspector, the driver has a duty to keep his fire extinguisher in a "fit, not far from his seat" to respond in case of fire. "The regulations require that fire extinguishers must be 'readily available'. The law also states that the fire pumps must operate correctly. Safety of others has no price, "said the inspector Jocelyn Mootooveeren.
As a reminder, since 1 February 2011, the extinguishers are mandatory in vehicles. Just in force, they were withdrawn from the market because extinguishers imported from China did not meet international standards. Grades were not indicated on the product as specified in Article 34 of the law. "The grade to extinguish wood, fabric and cardboard flame Grade B for liquids and solid materials, grade C for gas appliances and grade D for various metals such as aluminum, magnesium and titanium. Only "dry powder" are allowed, "confided at the time, a source of Fire Services Department.
Dimensions and characteristics
Each driver must have a fire extinguisher (fire extinguisher) in his vehicle. Initially, the law provided for a minimum size of 500 grams, but an amendment was made to allow these facilities from 400 grams, maximum weight is not fixed by Article 34 of the law. Otherwise, motorists committing an offense. All those who did not fire pump shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 10,000. Vehicle transporting flammable products, drivers must provide two types of fire extinguishers: a 9 liter foam and chemical powder 10 kg.