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1 November 2006

According to the DfT, it seems inevitable that UK drivers are going to have to accept the latest EU motoring-related directive - the mandatory requirement to have headlights illuminated at all times when driving, irrespective of the light level. It seems this is likely to be a legal requirement by 2008.

Whilst this will no doubt require a substantial culture shift by UK drivers, the Fleet Safety Association is hoping that one of the highest risk groups of motorists in this country – high mileage business drivers – will not only accept the added safety benefits of the proposal but also set an example by complying readily.

The latest DfT publication “Contributory factors to road accidents” confirms that the most common cause of crashes was ‘failing to see properly’. Vehicles with headlights on will be easier to see and therefore to react to.