Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1332)

Imelda Munster

Question:

1332. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce legislation or regulations to make it mandatory for motorists to have headlights on at all times while driving; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20043/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The mandatory use of Daytime Running Lights (DRL) is already in effect for all new cars type-approved within the EU since 7th February 2011.  DRL is a lighting system that automatically switches on when a vehicle is started and emits white light to the front of the vehicle in order to increase the visibility of the vehicle on the road during daytime.  DLR requirements were introduced via European Directive 2008/89/EC (updating Council Directive 76/756/EEC).  My Department has no plans at present to make the daytime use of headlights mandatory for any vehicles other than those already featured in EU legislation.