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THE LIGHTS ARE GOING ON ACROSS EUROPE…

By ATWadmin On September 25th, 2008

At a time when fuel costs have never been higher, you can count on the EU to do the wrong thing.

“Drivers face paying up to £160 a year more for fuel because of an EU directive forcing them to keep their headlamps on all day. The European Commission wants all new passenger cars and vans to have lights that stay on while the engine is running. It is estimated that this will increase fuel consumption by around 5 per cent.”!

Well, what could be fairer than that then?

Don’t the EU realise that many cars already have the technology built into them to put the lights on when light levels fall to a certain level? Why the need for such a draconian move? It’s because the Scandanavian countries have had such legislation for years and they are now pushing it through onto the rest of us. There is no need for this, it is costly, environmentally unfriendly, and all in all, a complete waste of time. As I say, it’s what the EU is for!!!

8 Responses to “THE LIGHTS ARE GOING ON ACROSS EUROPE…”

  1. There is no need for this, it is costly, environmentally unfriendly, and all in all, a complete waste of time.

    Agreed. But there will be no avoiding it if the directive gets passed. The EU resembles a federal state more and more.

  2. Peter.

    Correct.

  3. Is there a special room over in Brussels where these people sit down and think up ideas like this and others such as the solving the long standing crooked Banana crisis

  4. >>There is no need for this, it is costly, environmentally unfriendly, and all in all, a complete waste of time.<<

    Yes, but dying on the roadside is also a complete waste of time, and that is what this measure is aimed at.
    Many countries in Europe, not just in Scandanavia, have introduced day-time lights for all road vehicles, and the number of deaths has apparently fallen everywhere they did.

  5. This has nothing to do with road safety and everything to do with regularising civil society across the new reich.

    I’ve driven in Poland where this is already law, in the summer, in bright sunshine, and you have to have your headlamps on. It’s entirely ridiculous.

    Already we have too many unaware drivers who seem not to realise that their full beams are dazzling other drivers, for which a roadside lynching seems fair. Stand by for yet more of the same.

    For crying out loud. We are quite capable of making our laws based on our habits and preferences. We only managed it for more than a thousand years.

  6. Yes, but dying on the roadside is also a complete waste of time, and that is what this measure is aimed at.

    Noel

    We could reduce the speed limit to 10 mph. That should be low enough to reduce road casualties to near-zero.

    It is stupid for the EU to be doing this at a time when it is supposed to be encouraging fuel efficiency. Stupid and high-handed.

  7. If the stats are right then it’s a good idea I suppose.

  8. Sorry Dave but this post is complete bullshit

    We in Canada have had day time running lights installed in every new vehicle since 1991 and they do nothing to hurt gas mileage. What they do is make vehicles even in the brightest of sunshine considerably easier to spot. Especially when trying to merge or overtaking on the highway.

    their biggest failure is that once you get used to vehicles with them it can make it easy to overlook those older vehicles that don’t have them