Join Date: May 2001
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Lights on for Poms
What do you guys and girls think of this?
British motorists will have to use daytime headlights
Sunday February 24, 2002
Drivers of new cars could be forced to switch on their headlights during the day within months in a road safety move aimed at saving pedestrians' lives. Manufacturers have agreed to fit all new vehicles with headlights that switch on automatically when the driver turns the ignition key.
Britons buy two million new cars a year and experts believe the practice would become universal within a couple of years. But the move has sparked fury from the motorbike lobby and some road safety campaigners. They claim that making cars, vans and trucks more visible will cause motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians to become less visible and therefore at greater risk of being knocked down.
Britain already has the lowest road death toll in Europe, with fewer than half the fatalities of France and Italy. But 3,400 people still die on UK roads every year, including 850 pedestrians, 100 of them children. Now carmakers, EU Transport Ministers and the European Commission in Brussels have forged a voluntary agreement to modify vehicle design - including making car bonnets marginally softer and rounder - in an attempt to prevent pedestrian deaths. Supporters claim the measures could cut pedestrian deaths and injuries by 20 per cent by 2005. But the European Parliament has blocked the voluntary agreement and is pushing for tougher compulsory measures on car bonnet design to be enshrined in legislation.
There is widespread disagreement about daytime headlamps. The practice is compulsory in Sweden, Hungary, Israel and Canada but banned in Italy.
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.