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FIA puts Daytime Running Lights (DRL) to Debate

Publication date: 28 November 2006

The conference debate hosted today by the FIA gathered 130 representatives of the main stakeholders in Europe to discuss facts and views. Invitees included representatives from the European Commission and Parliament as well as the industry and the user associations of both four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles.


Switching-on car headlights during the day has become a habit for motorists in a majority of EU member states. While most member states have made it compulsory on all roads for the whole or part of the year, others have introduced an obligation that applies to only part of their network or have issued a recommendation, but not an obligation.


In view of the more than 40,000 road users who die each year on Europe’s roads and the goal of the EU to reduce this number to 25,000 by 2010, research and field tests suggest that a large-scale deployment of modern dedicated Daytime Running Lights (DRL) systems, which are energy efficient, has the potential to become an important milestone for the EU in the reduction of road deaths.


The results also show that the present situation – mixing obligations, part obligations and recommendations – can jeopardise the overall potential benefit of DRL.


The European Commission has now recognised the need for harmonisation on EU level and has started to consult stakeholders on the issue before drawing up a proposal.


The preliminary results of the public consultation as well as the results of a brand-new survey carried out by the British Transport Research Laboratory were presented and discussed at the conference.


For further information:
- Response of the FIA to the public consultation of the European Commission about the large-scale deployment of dedicated daytime running light systems.


You can also download this press release here.

drl_seminar_281106.pdf (17 KB)

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