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    Default Have you been fined for a light bar on your vehicle in Namibia?

    Hi all
    I am aware that the topic of illegal light bars and spotlights has been extensively discussed elsewhere on the forum and don't want to rehash the rules and regulations. I just want to try to get some idea of the actual day-to-day risk of being stopped and fined for this at the moment in Namibia.
    I foolishly had a fairly small Lumeno light bar installed on my bullbar in 2013, in ignorance of the laws regarding these (fitment centre clearly ignorant as well...). I have never been stopped or fined for this up to now on a few trips in SA, Namibia and Botswana but am now nervous, as it seems to be getting more well-known and we will be going to Namibia in April 2017.
    Should I remove the thing for the trip? Who has first-hand experience of being fined?

    Thanks in advance for input or advice.
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    I was pulled over so they can fine me for the lightbar.....

    ...... I don't have a lightbar....


    The lady thought my steel bumper is a lightbar...

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    Default Re: Have you been fined for a light bar on your vehicle in Namibia?

    You will only really feel 'safe' if you take it off, if you don't its a 50/50 chance I'm guessing. We drove through Namibia in April 2016, had 6 roadblocks and no one even asked what that thing was on my bumper. I did however cover it with a black cover
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    Default Re: Have you been fined for a light bar on your vehicle in Namibia?

    Quote Originally Posted by pierre2013 View Post
    I was pulled over so they can fine me for the lightbar.....

    ...... I don't have a lightbar....


    The lady thought my steel bumper is a lightbar...
    Pierre after your donkey incident the bumper is pushed back so far that your headlights look like spot lights

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    Default Re: Have you been fined for a light bar on your vehicle in Namibia?

    got a warning on an illegal IPF halogen spot light the other day in Cape Town.

    there are several instances of being fined or stopped for various illegal lights attracting an infringement fine, or even being sent for roadworthy on the forum.

    It's not worth taking the risk in my opinion. it's a pain getting a fine handed to you and having to deal with it.

    there are an awful lot of good legal options out there.
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    The simple reason I would leave it on is for the extra visibility at night in that area.
    On our last trip to namibia I didn t plan on doing any night driving but was forced to do so on multiple occasion due to unforeseen hiccups.
    I would rather pay a fine than loose the vehicle due to a animal hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanB View Post
    The simple reason I would leave it on is for the extra visibility at night in that area.
    On our last trip to namibia I didn t plan on doing any night driving but was forced to do so on multiple occasion due to unforeseen hiccups.
    I would rather pay a fine than loose the vehicle due to a animal hit.
    I have been driving in Namibia for the past 10 years. My preferred time departure time in Namibia when I have to travel long distances is 04:00AM. I stay in the North where there are more animals on the road than vehicles itself.

    My Nissan is fitted with standard hella spotlights. Those cheapies you get from Midas.

    *Touch Wood* I have never hit an animal at night.

    Lightbars will do little to help if a Kudu or oryx decides to meet your bonnet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricoffy View Post

    Lightbars will do little to help if a Kudu or oryx decides to meet your bonnet.
    Agree 100%. And a kudu/oryx does not stand in the road and wait for you, they jump from behind a bush where no light would have made any difference.

    Come to think of it....I have never heard of somebody hitting an oryx??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Agree 100%. And a kudu/oryx does not stand in the road and wait for you, they jump from behind a bush where no light would have made any difference.

    Come to think of it....I have never heard of somebody hitting an oryx??
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuanB View Post
    The simple reason I would leave it on is for the extra visibility at night in that area.
    On our last trip to namibia I didn t plan on doing any night driving but was forced to do so on multiple occasion due to unforeseen hiccups.
    I would rather pay a fine than loose the vehicle due to a animal hit.
    N lightbar sou sweet blou nothing help toe ek die donkie gestamp het nie...


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    I moved to Namibia in October last year with my T5 Kombi. I also imported it which meant it had to go through a Namibian Road worthy test.

    All I did was I had a rectangular piece of canvas made with eyelets running down the two opposite sides and ran stretch cord back and forth down the backside to keep it taught.

    With the cover on I went through roadworthy with no issues.

    I only use the light in similar circumstances as others...when I leave early in the morning for the border or something. I then remove the light cover and use it...it works like a charm. No one is going to pull you over at night anyway. I just put the light off before I approach a roadblock which is almost always unmanned at night.

    As soon as the sun is up I cover the light again. I was pulled over one morning around 7AM before I could cover the light. I asked if I could quickly cover it and the policeman was very happy to let me go once it was covered.

    I would say just make or have made a cheap little cover and you are completely fine for Namibia. I have done 40,000kms in the last year with only one incident when the light was not covered. And when I needed it, and when its dark you WILL NEED IT, then it was as simple as removing the cover.

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    Went into Namibia twice this year with a light bar, both times, no covers and no issues.
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    Resurrecting this thread for 2021. I have 2 light bars on my Fortuner. One on the nudge bar and one on the roof rack. Any advise on whether this is still illegal and if I should remove them or are they not soo sticky on it anymore?

    I know this has been extensively discussed on the forum here but the last comment was in 2018 and I'm trying to get latest info on this as i don't want unnecessary issues on holiday.

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chino View Post
    Resurrecting this thread for 2021. I have 2 light bars on my Fortuner. One on the nudge bar and one on the roof rack. Any advise on whether this is still illegal and if I should remove them or are they not soo sticky on it anymore?

    I know this has been extensively discussed on the forum here but the last comment was in 2018 and I'm trying to get latest info on this as i don't want unnecessary issues on holiday.

    Thanks in advance
    Take it off. You don't want to take the risk. You just never know whom you will meet at the roadblock

    Or get Woestyn Willem's number to help you out when in the poo
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    No. Leave it on.

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    Considering its also illegal in SA you should probably just remove them

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    My pet peeve. Another person running around with a terra-watt light setup. Blegh.

    Please leave them on. Especially the one on the roof rack. Apart from untested legislation related to lightbars, there is absolutely no legislation limiting the maxiumum height of a driving light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
    Take it off. You don't want to take the risk. You just never know whom you will meet at the roadblock

    Or get Woestyn Willem's number to help you out when in the poo
    lokl, ok cool will rather just remove.

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    Default Re: Have you been fined for a light bar on your vehicle in Namibia?

    Light Bars are for driving at night. Anyone driving at night in Rural Africa these days hasnt taken their medication

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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    My pet peeve. Another person running around with a terra-watt light setup. Blegh.

    Please leave them on. Especially the one on the roof rack. Apart from untested legislation related to lightbars, there is absolutely no legislation limiting the maxiumum height of a driving light.
    The purpose of the lights was not for a pissing contest but rather for one of safety. Scenario I planned for, was where i'm in a situation where there are absolutely no vehicles/lights in sight for these lights to provide visibility to ensure i don't run into any animals or obstacles on the road.

    Yes, i know many here will have their opinions on this but i have travelled many many km's at night and very well know the value of a well lit path infront of you.

    Based on research i've done thus far and advise here already. The logical and right thing to do is to remove them for my upcoming trip.

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