RoadSafe has come out in support of EU legislation that requires all new types of passenger cars and delivery vans to be equipped with daytime running lights (DRL).
Despite campaigns against them, DRL are designed to improve road safety by making it easier to spot oncoming traffic. They switch on automatically when the engine starts and turn off when the engine stops or the headlamps are turned on.
In a statement the European Commission said: “According to recent research on DRL, road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, can detect vehicles equipped with DRL more clearly and sooner than those equipped with dipped beam headlights.”
RoadSafe says that the legislation is welcome, and evidence, including that from the DfT and European Transport Safety Council, shows that DRL are a benefit.
But DRL are 50% brighter than standard dipped headlights and motorcycle and bicycle action groups are concerned that the proliferation of lit traffic streams will make less visible cyclists and motorcyclists more vulnerable.
Adrian Walsh, RoadSafe director, says: “We welcome the safety improvements that xenon and DRL bring. Legislation takes into account evidence from extensive research, which shows xenon and bi-xenon headlamps, and DRL improve safety.
“However, some of the valid concerns for other road users cannot be ignored. Government needs to respond by addressing these. Changes to the MOT are almost certainly necessary to ensure all types of lights are properly assessed.”
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