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No V-16 light from the DGT that you buy now is going to free you from a 200 euro fine when they are mandatory

There is still time before January 1, 2026. But it is possible that, knowing each other, one or another has thought of getting his new light V-16, the beacon that will replace the emergency triangles and that the DGT will force us to carry in our car. If you are one of them, it is preferable that you read this article first.

It is possible that in the future these new mandatory lights will raise their prices. Especially when we get close to the deadline. But nevertheless, It is certain that what you buy now will not be worth it in the future. And if you do, you will have to buy the same item again to upgrade it. What exactly are we talking about? We tell you how you can avoid spending money twice on the same object.

What is the V-16 light

Until next January 1, 2026 it will be possible to carry the emergency triangles in the car. This accessory that alerts us to our situation in the event of an accident or breakdown and that has accompanied us for so many years will retire in four years. But in case you didn’t know, triangles were made mandatory last year…provided you have a V-16 light.

This light beacon is used to alert drivers of a dangerous situation. To do this, the V-16 light is placed on the roof of the vehicle, to which it is attached with a magnetized system, and emits a light capable of being seen for a kilometer around.

Why should you wait to buy it?

As you have been able to read, it is now possible to discard the warning triangles and replace them with a V-16 light. However, among the requirements demanded in the last reform of the Roadside Assistance Regulation There are some points that will be mandatory as of January 1, 2026 and with which no market light has right now, although they have proliferated in stores like Amazon.

In the fourth section referring to the necessary requirements for a V-16 light to be valid, the following is read: “This device will communicate, in any case, its activation, deactivation and geopositioning, to the national access point in terms of traffic and mobility . Information about the location of the accident vehicle will be sent every 100 seconds and will stop shipping once deactivation information has been submitted.”

And as the DGT has confirmed, there is currently no product on the market that meets these requirements. In addition, in its fifth point it is stated that “the cost of the communications will be included in the sale price to the public and these will be guaranteed for at least 12 years”. Therefore, once we buy the product we will not have to make a payment again to guarantee the functioning of the communications.

200 euro fine

Therefore, The situation is the following:

  • Can I continue to use the triangles?: Yes, until January 1, 2026.
  • Can I replace them with a V-16 light?: Yes, until January 1, 2026, either of the two systems can be used indistinctly.
  • If I buy a V-16 light, will it work for me in the future?: No, no V-16 lights at this time offer the technical requirements that will be required as of January 1, 2016.

The V-16 lights will not only visually alert other drivers, they will also send a warning signal to traffic, in what will be called DGT 3.0, to speed up the waiting time of the means that are necessary to start up for the assistance of passengers. What’s more, with this new system the risk of being run over will be reduced inherent in placing a triangle on the road.

As to the economic sanction for breaching the rule, this is 200 euros. At this time, any driver who does not have warning triangles or an approved V-16 light in his car faces this fine.

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