Motor Vehicles: Lighting

Transport written question – answered on 25th April 2008.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 25th April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the UK will be required to implement the provisions of European legislation requiring vehicles to have their lights on throughout daylight.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport) 25th April 2008

The Government have been successful in preventing the introduction of Europe-wide requirements for drivers of all existing vehicles to use dipped headlamps during the day.

However, from early 2011 new types of passenger car and light van will have to be fitted with low-wattage dedicated daytime running lights (DRLs), in addition to standard vehicle lighting. By summer 2012 new types of buses and large/heavy vehicles will also have to be so fitted. Only 'new types' of vehicle are affected, not those already in use or new vehicles built under existing type approvals.

The requirements arise from revisions to a United Nations-Economic Commission for Europe Regulation. The EU Lighting Directive, by which the UK will be obliged to abide, is imminently expected to be updated to mirror these revisions.

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