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    Hi there.

    I'm planning a Cape to Cairo trip and I've recently bought a few spotlights that I really want to mount on my Jimny. The issue I have is that there's a lot of mixed opinions on what's legal or not. Is there a real expert on here that can help me get advice or will I be able to get special permission somewhere?

    Does anybody have experience travelling throughout Africa with rooftop spots and do you have any trouble?

    I've attached the photos of the spotlights. I have 4x square ones for my roof and 2x round ones for my bull bar. They have separate switches and covers as well.

    Thanks in advance.Click image for larger version. 

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    Roof mounted lights are illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Roof mounted lights are illegal.

    Finish and klaar.
    But then, so is murder...
    Which happens 50k per annum.
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    Default Re: Rooftop spotlights advice

    You don't need rooftop lights...

    Anyway, what do you want to be driving at night for anyway - not a good idea in Africa (even in South Africa) - between people, domesticated animals, wildlife, and other improperly lit vehicles out there it is an absolute lottery...

    Stick to driving when headlights are not needed (emergency scenarios excepted)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    But then, so is murder...
    Which happens 50k per annum.
    So? Two wrongs doesn’t make it ...

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    Listen to Tony: driving at night in Africa is a gamble. Even a large goat can be fatal at speed.
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    Default Re: Rooftop spotlights advice

    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Roof mounted lights are illegal.

    Finish and klaar.
    Where's these laws stated? Why are companies still selling lightbars and roof mounts for spotlights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Jay View Post
    You don't need rooftop lights...

    Anyway, what do you want to be driving at night for anyway - not a good idea in Africa (even in South Africa) - between people, domesticated animals, wildlife, and other improperly lit vehicles out there it is an absolute lottery...

    Stick to driving when headlights are not needed (emergency scenarios excepted)!
    It's more a precaution. I'm not planning on night driving but I'd rather have it and not need it than not having it and need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altus 4x4 View Post
    Where's these laws stated? Why are companies still selling lightbars and roof mounts for spotlights?
    https://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Extr...legal-20141210

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    Quote Originally Posted by Altus 4x4 View Post
    Hi there.

    I'm planning a Cape to Cairo trip and I've recently bought a few spotlights that I really want to mount on my Jimny.
    Wanna go with. 2 jimnies will be better..
    Last edited by johan65; 2018/07/10 at 07:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan65 View Post
    Wanna go with. 2 jimnies will be better..
    Will be an awesome and unstoppable convoy. Mine might be a little lighter on fuel with the 320d motor under the hood!

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    Thank you. I was looking for something like this!

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    Default Re: Rooftop spotlights advice

    Roof mounted LED spots are a waste, it makes too much bright diffuse light in front of vehicle, making it difficult for your eyes to see down the road, it also cause serious glare from your windscreen and bonnet. Has pulled the fuse on mine, and I'm taking them of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faniedup View Post
    Roof mounted LED spots are a waste, it makes too much bright diffuse light in front of vehicle, making it difficult for your eyes to see down the road, it also cause serious glare from your windscreen and bonnet. Has pulled the fuse on mine, and I'm taking them of.
    Eventually some sense on the practical implications.
    Some people seem not being able to download a law and read themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Some people seem not being able to download a law and read themselves.
    as usual

    roof mounted lights are illegal because it is a dangerous and stupid idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohanMaree View Post
    Some people seem not being able to download a law and read themselves.
    Seen that many times and even when you produce the law they try and reason against it. But this .. But that... But I see so many people doing it.

    Problem is that we have become a lawless society (well at least 80%) on the roads. Because A is doing it and got away I am now entitled to do the same mentality. Easier to join the masses then to try and change something.

    Rant over..

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    Quote Originally Posted by johan65 View Post
    Wanna go with. 2 jimnies will be better..
    I'll also be joining! when are we leaving?
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    On a Cape to Cairo trip, I would take as many precautions as I could, if it means bending a law designed for urban travel in favour of making my trip safer..... I could live with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreasjsn View Post
    I'll also be joining! when are we leaving?
    Only guys with mounted rooftop spots allowed to go.

    I'll be taking you place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    On a Cape to Cairo trip, I would take as many precautions as I could, if it means bending a law designed for urban travel in favour of making my trip safer..... I could live with that.
    How ill illegally mounted lights make you safer? How many fines will you maybe get or bribes have to be paid.

    Just fit legal spots and be done.

    Some people will always try justify breaking the law in order to suit themselves. Just like driving with fog lights on when not necessary!
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