We've all heard Class 1 or Class 2 bandied about, particularly with some recent changes to the legislation around Heavy Vehicle plates. However, they're both reflective - so why are they different, and why is Class 1 better?

Class 1 Reflective is the higher grade of reflectivity, and it is identifiable by its honeycomb pattern.  Class 1 reflective is used where high visibility is required for 24 hours of the day. It is a premium grade reflective, that reflects light from wide angles.

All signs used on a public road must be Class 1 to comply. This would include all street signs, speed limit signs and roadwork signage to name a few. These signs are the ones you have to thank with all your late-night country driving - the ones that just light themselves up with your headlights.

Class 2 Reflective Signs are ideal for non-critical, off-road situations that require high visibility in poor light conditions. These situations would include work premise signage, carparks, shopping centres, etc. They have a flat appearance unlike Class 1 signs. Although they are still reflective, they have been found to be less effective and less durable than Class 1, which is why they have been phased out.

If you're ever unsure about what class of sign you require, or whether or not a sign is Class 1, Class 2, or even non-reflective (though you should be able to tell by looking!), feel free to contact us for any and all sign or safety-related guidance.