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Driving: Lighting

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the risk posed to drivers from left-hand drive vehicles not fitted with headlamp beam adapters; (277266)

(2) what steps he has taken to encourage drivers of left-hand drive vehicles on UK roads to fit headlamp beam adapters.

It is generally recognised that the main risk if the headlamps on left-hand drive vehicles are not correctly adjusted is dazzle to other road users. No recent assessment has been carried out.

Vehicles used in the UK, including those visiting temporarily, must comply with the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations which require that headlamps should not be used so as to cause dazzle or discomfort to other road users. It is the responsibility of those visiting the UK to make themselves aware of these requirements and to make any necessary adjustments to their headlamps to enable them to comply either by using “beam adaptors” or any other method recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency is currently considering whether better information to drivers of large vehicles on how to adjust headlamp beam patterns could be provided.