Blinding Vehicle Lights or Lightmare

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Created December 10, 2010 by Roy


Blinding vehicle lights are surely the most pressing road safety problem of modern times.

When life-safety is at risk why are car manufacturers trying to out-shine one another by fitting dazzling lights that cause temporary blindness under the guise of safety?

The law is clear: Highway Code rule 114 [Law RVLR reg 27] You MUST NOT use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

We petition Justine Greening  Minister of Transport to enforce the law and to eliminate daytime and night-time blinding vehicle lamps which affect a driver’s vision to save the lives of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers.

There are currently 4568 signatures for this petition:

  1. Peter Sutton UNITED KINGDOM

    This is getting out of hand and needs to be made a real law. Do car manufacturers not know the highway code. If I drove with my main beam on all the time would I not be breaking the law? Come on UK Government do something.

  2. Denise Bennett UNITED KINGDOM

    I live in London where the roads are well lit but these new headlights are still a menace. They are blinding. They make it impossible to see anyone crossing the road when they are shining in your eyes. An accident wairing to happen.

  3. telboy UNITED KINGDOM

    Having had a few near misses due to over bright headlamps i feel that there should be a maximum lumen level and should be checked when having an m.o.t..

  4. Larna Pantrey-Mayer UNITED KINGDOM

    I had about three near misses on the way home tonight and that’s an average commute. I feel that I’m unsafe on the road because of other’s selfish actions. I’m terrified of driving at the night because half the time I blinded by lights that are overly bright.

  5. Simon Hacker UNITED KINGDOM

    As a journalist working in the auto business, I can see that this is a growing problem. One possible improvement might be found in the field of smart lamps which don’t just ‘dip’ but patch out any other road user. Volvo has such a system an an option on its XC60…

  6. Malcolm Barron UNITED KINGDOM

    I’m tired of being blinded by HID headlights making other road users especially cyclists and pedestrians invisible. I don’t understand why this is being allowed. It is causing more danger on the roads. My thinking is that the vast majority of the time headlights are to be seen by and occasionally on country roads for seeing. I also think that a lot of people don’t realise that in most cars, with the turn of a knob they can lower their beam so as not to dazzle oncoming traffic as they are not actually needing the lights to see by.

  7. mike richards

    This incessant lights “arms race” that car manufacturers are currently engaged in, is dangerous to all road users. As a driver I am constantly dazzled by unnecessarily bright lights and as a cyclist I feel blinded AND invisible

  8. matthew scott

    Hids are way to bright and laws need to change before led tech becomes readily availible and even brighter lights are made

  9. Peter hyde UNITED KINGDOM

    Driving at night is becoming a nightmare. Constantly being blinded by these headlights and it seems fog lights are now a fashion accessory to be used all the time.


    Along with headlights being to bright, indicator lights are becoming slimmer and more streamline. This sometimes makes it difficult and in some cases impossible to see the indicator light flashing. Add to this the increasing amount of people using fog lights at all times and you are often blinded by the light coming towards you and the lights in your rear view mirror.

  11. Martyn Boyd UNITED KINGDOM

    THis is very definately a growing hazard due to ill conceived notions of safety and knee-jerk regulation. Tragedy is going to strike unless it is sorted out.

  12. S Sidorowicz UNITED STATES

    I thought this was a fuss about nothing until I tried driving in stop start traffic at night: over-illuminated LED rear lights are too bright to look at if the driver leaves the footbrake applied. This means that you are forced to look anywhere other than straight ahead, reducing your awareness of traffic conditions in front of you.


    Headlights are becoming way too dazzling, making it very hard to see anything other than the on-coming car

  14. cassie garner UNITED KINGDOM

    I am totally fed up when driving in low light or at night and being dazzled by superbright lights that affect my ability to see temporarily.

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