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 4551 signatures for this petition:

  1. Elspeth Ryder UNITED KINGDOM

    A balance needs to be found between car lights being bright enough for the person driving to see, but without blinding other road users.

  2. Elspeth Ryder UNITED KINGDOM

    Car manufacturers need to be conscious of the safety of all road users and not just those people buying their cars.

  3. Mrs Anne Davis UNITED KINGDOM

    Fed up of glaring headllights that momentarily impair vision taking the pleasure out of safe night driving

  4. Anne Davis UNITED KINGDOM

    fed up with glaring headlights that momentarily impair vision taking the pleasure out of safe night driving

  5. Mrs Lesley Gay

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to drive at night without being blinded by glaring headlights


    The first time I was exposed to super bright headlights was an Audi with their new Laserlight Concept headlights. I had to go to the optician after these lights shone straight into my eyes and he diagnosed me with a subconjunctival haemorrhage caused by the super bright headlights. These lights have already caused damage to my eyes and there are more and more on the road now. They are aggressive and dangerous in every sense – seeming to instil every driver with some crazy sense of invincibility and superiority in the way that they then proceed to drive. Plus we live in Sheffield where the council want to change all street lights to these stupid and hideously bright clinical lights. They irritate my eyes so badly that they continually itch and cause irritation. Businesses have them on their buildings, distracting you and again shining straight into your eyes. When will the government wake up – blue spectrum lights will permanently damage your eye sight…. what the hell is mentally wrong with these people to allow such stupidity? All I can say to them is good luck with all the lawsuits in the near future if they do not ban them. We could see perfectly well before and now we have to drive with our eyes squinting – what is safe about that? The comfort we can get is that people all over the world on the internet are saying they should be banned but how many eyes have to get damaged and how many lives lost on the roads before they ban them? Light houses are for the sea – not roads!

  7. Roger Shaw

    These very bright lights dazzel me.
    Such bright lights make it difficult to see the indicators on a vehicle wishing to turn.
    Are such bright and intense lights damaging the eyes of drivers?

  8. Roger Shaw

    These very bright lights dazzel me.
    Such bright lights make it difficult to see the indicators on a vehicle wishing to turn.
    Are such bright and intense lights damaging the eyes of drivers.

  9. Tom Burden UNITED KINGDOM

    Please let’s have some common sense on this. Exceptionally bright lights are dangerous and damaging. Simple common sense needed!

  10. Eileen Dixon UNITED KINGDOM

    The very bright lights dazzle drivers so much that they could cause an accident.


    i AGREE

  12. Mr Steven Pope UNITED KINGDOM

    I find certain makes, with rows of LED’s each side dazzling from the front and dazzling in the mirrors when in the rear.
    In approx. 2000 the British Motorcyclists Federation with solid data countered the British governments attempt to force compulsory lighting on motorcyclists, on the grounds that there was equal evidence that day lights caused accidents as they prevent.

  13. Norman Jones UNITED KINGDOM

    DTLRs are a danger to sensible drivers

  14. Rachelle Ransom UNITED STATES

    I hate those new lights. I want to sue the manufacturer of those lights because now I am experiencing head lights and issues with my vision due to those lights. I did not have those troubles before. I also have almost gotten into many accidents because of those lights blaring into my eyes from oncoming cars. I want to join the lawsuit against the manufacturer.

  15. Weifeng lee

    Clearly a safety issue. Any arguments about dazzle being caused by incorrectly adjusted lights are besides the point. We can assume that on average HID and halogen lights have the same % of lights incorrectly adjusted. Yet, HID lights cause significantly more dazzle and confusion on the roads than halogen lamps. The only logical conclusion must be that HID lights are not safe and must be banned.


    I am a young peraon almost been driving ayear now. The bright lights behing me with the new bulbs fitted are causeing me to move my mirrors and use tinted glasses at night, which alone is extremely dangerouse. Especially if I forget to take them with me when I get in the car. An approaching car miles down a strai ght road caused me to stop driving for the evening and ever since has effected my eyes, causeing achtual pain behind my eye’s,. I plan to get my eyes tested soon, as I thought it was a full beam to the eye thats effected me. However these lights are poping up everywere, I can avoid looking at them oncoming however when there behind you you cant avoid them without moving your mirrors. I have noticed some drivers acherly are doing it on purpose from behind. This will cause accidents and normally the driver in front is liable. This is not fair. And damaging, let alone dangerouse !

  17. Ms T Meeks, South West London UNITED KINGDOM

    I have always liked to think of myself as a good driver until this year. The huge increase in the LED type daylight running lights is causing me a lot of problems. I feel my driving is becoming significantly worse and a lot less safe due to them. I am rarely checking my rear view mirror – I will sometimes knock it out of the way if one of these blinding cars is behind me. I am trying to avoid looking on the other side of the road where vehicles are coming towards me. Only in my peripheral vision am I aware of other vehicles in these areas. These daylight running lights are completely unnecessary and are an increasing danger to road safety.
    I have driven a Volvo 480 (1990) for many years. This has daylight running lights – still unnecessary I think but I don’t believe they have ever caused a problem to other road users (back in the days when I would see others coming towards me, but sadly no more!!) as the current LED ones do. It’s the LED light that is the problem.
    I think manufacturers are just competing with each other and treating them as a fashion accessory for their vehicles with no concern for road safety.
    A couple of months ago an older driver just randomly stopped a little way in front of me (I was cycling at the time). An Audi with LED lights was coming in the opposite direction. I am sure this is why he stopped. I can’t blame him.
    Yesterday I was driving down a residential street with cars parked on both sides of the road. A driver coming the other way (with LED lights) stopped by a gap to let me through. I didn’t feel I could judge the gap properly whilst being blinded by these ridiculous lights so I stopped by another gap, handbrake on, looked the other way and waited for him to go past..
    I am really pleased to have found this petition and find others who feel the same way. I hope one day these lights will be banned. Sadly I don’t think it will be until many many serious accidents and deaths have happened and the cause been linked to these blinding lights.
    People need to drive safely and properly and not rely on ‘safety’ features of modern vehicles.
    I also drive a 41 year old vehicle – simple, basic and reliable. It is a bright colour which is also something manufacturers should consider. There are too many blue and black cars about. Use light bright colours that can be seen and scrap the LED lights.

  18. Alan Anobile UNITED KINGDOM

    For years I have complained at the incorrect ananti-social use of “FOG LIGHTS” & these days it seems more & more cars are being fitted with obscenely brivht LED or high powered halogen “White Light” system, that even daylight driving is becoming dangerous!

  19. Amanda Finnegan UNITED KINGDOM

    I come home at night with a raging headache caused by these new type of headlights. Anyone in the UK not fond of the new brighter traffic lights and LED street lights too?

  20. Dianne Mckenzie UNITED KINGDOM

    These dazzling lights make it very difficult to drive safely on the road. Lights from behind and coming towards you make it difficult to see anything else on the road other than the lights themselves.

  21. Dr Nicholas Roberts

    Following extensive eye tests around thirty years ago, I was advised by an Consultant Ophthamologist that, after exposure to bright light, my retinas took longer to recover than average – in other words I am more easily dazzled. I have driven safely since then, without being involved in any serious accident. I do, however, find that the new HID headlamps are particularly bad. It cannot be right for the drivers of vehicles who use these vehicles to preserve their safety by endangering other users – it is just selfish.

  22. Dave Neath UNITED KINGDOM

    It’s about time someone raised this issue. Superbright HID headlights are a severe hazard to all other road users.
    The problrm is it’s not just aftermarket ‘boy racer’ headlights that are the problem but most high value cars have them fitted as standard. The same applies to super bright LED headlights, and DRL’s.

  23. Borek Puza AUSTRALIA

    I totally agree with this petition. There are too many vehicles on the road with lights that are too bright, and this world-wide ‘lightmare’ is only getting worse. Nowadays, many low beams are more dazzling than high beams ever used to be, and high beams are so blinding that they should be classed as a military weapon. Also, an ever-growing number of cars have fog lights and/or daytime running lights that are on all the time and so harsh, so hurtful to the eyes, that the onlooker is forced to look away and lose situational awareness. It’s sheer madness and out of control.

  24. Steven Bathe UNITED KINGDOM

    As a pedestrian I was dazzled this morning at 7:30am and my vision is still abnormal now an hour and a half later. I have been dazzled by cyclists too many times. It hurts. It damages. It is an assualt.


    The equasion, I feel, is very simple. If, say, 50% of drivers have extra bright lights and dazzle the other 50% of drivers ther can only be a negative effect on road safety.
    Personnally, I now find night-driving a thoroughly distressing experience due to the plethora of quirqy, dazzling and distracting vehicle lights.
    (Not just front lights, either. Around five years ago I followed a lorry on the M40 which had something in the region of 48 red lights on the rear. Of course, I passed it to rid myself of the glare. There was another lorry just in front decorated in just the same way . . )

  26. Jim Bloor UNITED KINGDOM

    Tungsten DRL’s seem perfectly adequate to me. They are are easily visible to pedestrians, cyclists etc. without dazzling them. Even the less bright LED’s are OK as they don’t dazzle and consume much less power. It seems to me that all German cars, and the country does seem to be infested with them, all feature ridiculously bright headlights. I’m sure the drivers of these cars are oblivious to the extreme annoyance they are causing. Funny that I can see ahead perfectly well with my old fashioned tungsten filament headlights. I note that cars with extra bright headlights are also the ones who suddenly appear behind where a minute ago the road behind was empty. They then proceed to show their annoyance that I’ve slowed them down by giving me the full benefit of their lighting power. As for Range Rovers with their high level lights – words fail me.

  27. Ana Maria Roe UNITED KINGDOM

    7?10/14 at 7pm

    Driving this evening through Seven Hills Road in Surrey, was particularly unpleasant. Almost constantly, I had “an explosion” of light into my eyes and was unable to see anything else around me in several occasions. Furthermore, my eyes were very irritated and itchy. These extra bright lights are a real danger and completely unnecessary. Ordinary lights are fine and the government should get involved NOW and sort out this serious problem quickly and efficiently.

  28. Deborah Gibbons UNITED KINGDOM

    Finding it harder to drive at night – was never a problem for me before.

  29. David Thomas UNITED KINGDOM

    Blue/white light does not light roads and features well as it is narrow bandwidth. It appears bright and is dazzling but it does not give good night vision in the way that more yellow light does.
    I find it very dangerous that I am dazzled by oncomming white lights and could easily not see pedestrians in the road.

  30. L. Bowerman UNITED KINGDOM

    At last I’ve found an up to date website about this problem.

    Xenon and LED headlights, break lights, and side strip lights are an absolute menace. I drive a great deal, and agree with just about every comment that’s been left here.

    I’ve been blind sighted many times by 4x4s turning out of junctions, and also oncoming on upward gradients. I use my flare shield on the rear view mirror if I’m followed by any car with Xenon or LED lights – and have subsequently found, especially during the day – that my view is THEN obscured to any cyclists who are approaching from behind. Regardless of self leveling – every light I’ve ever encountered has been a problem.

    Any pedestrians crossing in front of fully lit xenon headlights completely disappear from view.

    If you’re in slow moving traffic behind the cluster bomb LED brake lights (which now more often than not are set slightly higher on the back of a car… and are directly at eye level on 4x4s) – especially if the driver is brake happy, then you are completely blinded, and it’s very difficult to judge distances.

    How on earth have these remained legal? If it’s illegal to keep your rear fog light on – then surely it should be illegal to even have these fitted to a car, never mind the new EU directive about daylight lights. I should NOT be coming away from a day’s drive with spots in front of my eyes. I have a friend who’s contemplating giving up night time driving purely on the basis of these lights.

    Originally they only seemed to be on high-end cars: Audis, BMWs, Mercs, etc.. but I’m now slightly horrified to see those retinal laser eye surgery LED side strips on smaller Citroens, and Toyotas. Genuinely hope this campaign has some sort of success.

  31. Mark Eagleton UNITED KINGDOM

    I am a seasoned cyclist and a reasonably new driver, I am amazed that these lights are allowed. They are distracting and dangerous. I have taken to wearing yellow glasses when cycling, but even these won’t stop the burn to my eyes. As a new driver, having these ultra bright lights shining in my eyes is absolutely terrifying; whether it is from the front or in the rear view mirror. I find this latter case totally intimidating, especially when on over large cars. Please let something be done before they cause deaths. Let’s act before the event for once, Britain.

  32. Graeme

    As a rural dweller that drives to work early in the morning before dawn, I am fed up with HID headlights blinding me on a regular basis, whether oncoming or behind me.
    They are totally unnecessary and unsafe for other road users.

  33. Steve Morrissey

    It’s simple. If someone is blinding another driver with their headlights then they should be taken off the road. Lights like this should be an MOT fail. Sick of not being able to see anything out of the back of the car at night when some tool with superbright lights, badly adjusted lights or deliberately wide-scatter lights is behind me.

  34. pam oskam UNITED STATES

    I now dread night driving. LED headlights just dazzle on coming traffic, but aren’t effective as yellow light for illuminating the road ahead. I cannot understand the why the engineers in the car industry think LED are safe, their introduction have increased accident risk.

  35. dene weld UNITED KINGDOM

    very dangerous and blinded more and more often

  36. peter lai UNITED KINGDOM

    You just can’t see if your facing one of them or if one of them in behind you.

  37. D J Young

    Dazzling lighting is not the same as good lighting. On the contrary, increasingly bright car lights make pedestrians and cyclists – and other potential hazards – that much harder for drivers to see. And the recurring glare of oncoming vehicles is unpleasant and just plain exhausting.

    Apart from squeezing any of the pleasure out of driving by night, none of this makes our roads any safer – in spite of the baffling protestations in defence of “high intensity lighting” from such bodies as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

    Do these guys drive wearing industrial eye protectors, or what?

  38. hannah jarratt UNITED KINGDOM

    I am signing because i haev just started a job in Norfolk where my commute is a 43 round trip journey on country roads. Nearly all cars now have super bright lights and i can’t see anything but black past the car whilst it passes and for 2-3 seconds after then.

    I literally have to guess where to drive. I guess i will have to upgrade my lights in order to battle the dazzle, and send the dazzle back to oncoming drivers so we can all drive blindly together

  39. Mr Ian Paterson UNITED KINGDOM

    I thought it was just me. But I am delighted to learn that so many other drivers are blinded with these lights at night. When they come towards me I can’t see and I think they are on full beam, I give them a quick flash and then up go their lights and it’s even worse. When they approach me from behind, particularly high 4x4s they dazzle from behind.
    something needs to done . Well done for bringing this matter forward.

  40. Elzabeth Graham UNITED KINGDOM

    Over-bright oncoming headlights on country roads are dangerous.

  41. Mungo Graham UNITED KINGDOM

    Almost crashed the other night when I was blinded by these new headlights


    It is so dangerous how often people are being dazzled on dark, country lanes due to excessively bright headlights. They need to be removed from vehicles and banned from being fitted to new ones.

  43. Helen Hart UNITED KINGDOM

    I have never particularly liked driving at night but the new headlights are really dangerous. There is no need for them and normal headlights with the option of full bean when you are not going to dazzle the driver coming towards you are sufficient. I drive in the dark as little as possible due to being blinded. It is truly horrific to think that so many people are blinded by these headlights.

  44. Sally Miller UNITED KINGDOM

    These Xenon headlights blind oncoming drivers and the drivers in front, even with a dipped rear view mirror they blind in the wing mirror. They are dangerous, they do not allow for safe night vision of any road user and they should be banned.

  45. Pete Wilshire UNITED KINGDOM

    There seems to be two issues here. The Daytime Running Lights and the extra bright headlights for night time driving. Both are becoming a danger, the DRL’s take away your attention from ‘other things’ on the road; cyclists and pedestrians mainly and at night the new headlights are so bright they are just blinding so you are unable to see where you are going. The government needs to limit the power of all these lights, and soon.

  46. Richard Gulliver UNITED KINGDOM

    I drive a normal-height car in a large city and I am blinded by these dangerous lights every single day. First and foremost they should be banned on SUVs; their headlamps are above the window line of normal cars – so they dazzle even when working correctly. The high-end German marques are the next-worst – with Audis and Mercedes particular offenders. It’s against the Highway Code – so why is it happening?

  47. Theresa goldie GERMANY

    These lights are a hazard. Driving at night has become a terrifying and intimidating experience. Im concerned about eye damage as well.

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