Sunday, February 10

Seeing the Light

Well it seems that our Government has had bend to the will of the European Union again, with the result that all new cars are to be fitted with automatic daytime headlights within four years. The Government previously opposed the idea on the grounds that using lights in the daytime would increase fuel consumption and emissions, but conceded it was unable to oppose European legislation. Trying to soften the blow of having to kowtow to Europe, Jim Fitzpatrick, the road safety minister, tells us: “The UK has been successful in arguing against the introduction of mandatory use of dipped headlamps during daylight hours by drivers of existing vehicles. Nobody but a politician can call a defeat a success eh? “However, from early 2011 all new types of passenger cars and light vans will have to be fitted with dedicated daytime running lamps in accordance with the relevant European directive. By summer 2012, all new vehicles will have to be so fitted.” The move will anger motoring groups, which claim fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions increase by three per cent when drivers use dipped lights. But the European Commission says that the lights increase fuel consumption by only 0.3 per cent because they use separate bulbs that are less bright than headlights. The commission wants all European Union states to set a common date to make daytime running lights mandatory. About half of EU member states already require this already.

6 comments:

Paradise Driver said...

Most General Motors vehicles in the USA have those and I've noticed that the new Fords also have them. The problem is that people get into their cars after dark, start them up and the day time lights come on and the dashboard illuminates but there are no damn taillights. I don't know how many times I've come close to overrunning one of these on a dark road. The solution would be to NOT have the dash light up. Then the drivers would realize that their lights are not on. And what is Paris, with their requirement that only parking lights be used within the downtown area, going to do with all these headlights automatically coming on?

Watch - The number of rearenders is going to dramatically increase.

Roy, Dublin Taxi Driver said...

I alway leave my headlights on anyway

Peggy said...

I had those on a Volvo estate five years ago. I can't tell you how many people took the time to tell me that my lights were on.

Bob said...

Wil: Good point Wil I found that happening to with a hire car in Florida a couple years back. It's bloody dangerous.

Bob said...

Roy: What you mean on purpose, or is it that you only come out at night anyway.

Bob said...

Peggy: That right the Volvos have had that feature for years now, they were forever getting flashed at, in the luminare sense that is!