Body Kit Ltd News Article: Feb 2011.
In 2008 a new law was passed by the European Commission that meant
all new cars and small vans purchased after February 2011 had to have Daytime Running Lights, and lorries will follow suit from August 2012.
The new vehicles will have the Daytime Running Lights - DRL that come on
automatically when the engine is started.
Daytime Running Lights are not new to the UK. Volvo were the first vehicles
that came with these as standard, although the driver did have the
option to turn them off. Volvo“s were fitted with DRL due to the laws
in Sweden and have always been seen as a safety feature. More recently, Manufacturers such as VW and their partner company Audi have been specifying DRL as standard across some of their range and offering them as options on others. The European
Commission had introduced this law on advice that there could be a
significant reduction in road deaths and serious injuries. Those that
are opposed to the new law argue that the glare from these lights will
be distracting. There is also concern over motor cyclists and the
possibility of a rise in pollution due to increased fuel usage.
a report for the Department for Transport it was confirmed, "There is
substantial evidence that the mandatory use of DRL would provide a net
accident reduction. However, the evidence concerning the magnitude of
the effect and particularly the relationship with accident severity is
Many manufacturers are already planning
and designing their new ranges of cars and vans with the future
regulations in mind. The new range from Audi (which can be seen below)
will all come with daytime running lights as standard.
have tried to combat the issue of increased fuel usage by designing
their new lights with LED“s, which are a lower wattage (about 5-10) when
running compared to headlamps which consume 110 watts. The difference in
the amount of power used will have a big impact on the amount of fuel
used. Expect to see the majority of manufacturers follow suit by using
LED Daytime Running Lights as the economy will be used a selling point
for new vehicles.