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Old November 19th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #441
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At least in my country, colorblind people are banned from driving.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #442
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Look what I found on a website:



That's certainly different.

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Neat!

Probably wouldn't work for colorblind people though.
No, probably not. I do know someone who IS color blind. He can only see in shades of grey (like you or me watching a B/W TV). Too bad I don't have his E-Mail, or I'd send the pic to him.

That's why the POSITION of the three light setup is so important. Even a color blind person KNOWS that the red light goes on top, or to the left, if the lights are in a horizontal position.

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At least in my country, colorblind people are banned from driving.
And the reason for said ban is?

As mentioned above, I know someone who is color blind, and he even holds an upgraded driver's license (BC, Class 3. Vehicles that have more than two axles, and is permitted to tow air brake equipped trailers to a maximum laden weight of 4600kg).
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Old November 20th, 2010, 08:59 AM   #443
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And the reason for said ban is?

As mentioned above, I know someone who is color blind, and he even holds an upgraded driver's license (BC, Class 3. Vehicles that have more than two axles, and is permitted to tow air brake equipped trailers to a maximum laden weight of 4600kg).
I belive that the ban is exactly because of the traffic light colors. When I made my medical test before taking the drivers licence exam I had to have a test that showed that I can distinguish colors.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #444
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Well, when I was making my driver's licence they made me take the colourblindness test too, but the colourblind are allowed to have the A and B-class licence here. So the test was completely unnecessary.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 11:33 PM   #445
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I belive that the ban is exactly because of the traffic light colors. When I made my medical test before taking the drivers licence exam I had to have a test that showed that I can distinguish colors.
To me, it's a poor reason to bar a color blind person from driving to be honest. That's why the position of the lights are pretty much universal. Even a color blind person knows that the red light goes at the top, yellow in the middle and green on the bottom and below that, the turn arrow.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:41 AM   #446
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Well this is ...interesting.
[IMG]http://i53.************/20z1xyp.jpg[/IMG]
This road is quite a notorious accident spot though, downhill and on a very sharp bend over a bridge that can barely fit a car. It'd be bad enough for some old country road but it's actually the N2, the "main route" from Dublin to Derry.

Anyway I've never seen a traffic light like this before.

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Old December 6th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #447
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Funny pedestrian traffic light found in the Bronx
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Old December 6th, 2010, 06:23 AM   #448
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Funny pedestrian traffic light found in the Bronx
Thats actually in Montana....
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Old December 6th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #449
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Well this is ...interesting.
[IMG]http://i53.************/20z1xyp.jpg[/IMG]
This road is quite a notorious accident spot though, downhill and on a very sharp bend over a bridge that can barely fit a car. It'd be bad enough for some old country road but it's actually the N2, the "main route" from Dublin to Derry.

Anyway I've never seen a traffic light like this before.

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The light is just a standardised one housed within a gantry, they're used elsewhere eg in tunnels or tolled bridges.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #450
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Actually I meant the separate traffic light for trucks to use the same stretch of road. That might be common too but I haven't seen it before.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 01:04 PM   #451
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Another few pictures of Belgian lights:

This is an intersection with new LED-lights, they no longer use the "circular back-shield" which is a shame to my opionion







Older lights with contrast shields. In Belgium we always use this type of of overhead holders. Poles and contrasters are collored yellow-black in the state of Flanders and red-white in the state of Wallonia.







On larger intersections gantry's like these are used









When gantry's are used, all possible directions are summarized on the right


And atlast, the versions of our Wallonian compadres (also found in Brussels in the non renovated area's)


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Old December 30th, 2010, 06:10 PM   #452
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Traffic light in my small city in Brazil

LED-Lights

















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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:34 AM   #453
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Another few pictures of Belgian lights:

This is an intersection with new LED-lights, they no longer use the "circular back-shield" which is a shame to my opionion
When did they discontinue the sightboards and why? Belgian traffic signals seem identical to Dutch traffic signals, except the Dutch ones are painted black & white.

So the colour scheme is regional then? I always thought the red & white ones were older and they changed to the yellow & black scheme. So Flanders is black & yellow, Wallonia is red & white, whilst Brussels used to be red & white but is changing it black & yellow?
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Old December 31st, 2010, 12:46 AM   #454
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Yes the colour scheme is regional. In Brussels you can find them both indeed. But the suburbs in east, west and north have the Black/yellow ones because they are in Flanders...Only the suburbs in the south have red and white because they are in Wallonia.
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http://www.yankodesign.com/images/de...ss_signal2.jpg

Stupid. I am not even going to go into the reasons.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 01:26 AM   #456
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No, Brussels is not Flemish, nor Wallonian.
The Flemish and French speaking community do have power in Brussels but thats only when it comes to education, personal and cultural matters.
In Flanders the community and state have been reformed into a single entity which functions like a country and has a goverment with a president.
Wallonia is a state of Belgium as well but houses two community's; a French and a german one.

For all the rest Brussels is just as much of a federal state of Belgium as Flanders and Wallonia are. This means that state-borders are in every way national borders when it comes to infrastructure.
They have their own policy when it comes to traffic lights and that is replacing the old red & white Belgian ones (from the days when belgium was still a unitary nation) by these traffic lights, which seem to be rather dull and rather invisible to me.

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To me, it's a poor reason to bar a color blind person from driving to be honest. That's why the position of the lights are pretty much universal. Even a color blind person knows that the red light goes at the top, yellow in the middle and green on the bottom and below that, the turn arrow.
My uncle can't tell red from green and he drives a jeep with a caravan attatched.

Colourblind people are allowed to drive in both the UK and in Portugal.


Theres that traffic light in Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, NY that would prove a problem for colour blind people.

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Old December 31st, 2010, 02:40 AM   #458
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So this is the new standard for Brussels now? Seem like Euro-standard Swarco signals. Very smart, but they have less character than the traditional Benelux design (actually, I don't know what Luxembourgs traffic signals look like).

But, I assume, after federalization, Wallonia kept the original Beligian standards, whilst Flanders changed it to the black & yellow standard and this is how it remains? Or are these plainer signals entering other parts of Belgium as well?
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They mounted the damn light upside down...
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Old December 31st, 2010, 08:07 AM   #460
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You very seldom see traffic lights hanging by wires in BC, Canada, nearly all of them are mounted on posts. In fact I find it odd when I see a traffic light hanging by a wire, seems so unfinished.
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