The Tribune (NZ) - - OPINION -

In my early years as a driver it was con­sid­ered an of­fence to dis­play more than two white lights on the front of your car.

A traf­fic of­fi­cer would give you a ticket if you were caught driv­ing that way un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances. The ex­tra lights were, of course, fog lights or rally lights and were sup­posed to be used only on those oc­ca­sions. There was no way they were to be used in built up ar­eas that had street lights.

Now, it seems any­thing goes. Cars ap­proach lit up like Christ­mas trees and par­tially blind you. Or, they come hooning up be­hind you like some­thing from the film Close En­coun­ters and daz­zle you some more.

Has the law changed (I have been out of the coun­try for a few years)? Are the ex­tra lights now al­lowed? Do we have to wait un­til there is an ac­ci­dent be­fore any­thing is done? I be­lieve that if driv­ers are so blind they need to dis­play four lights (or more) in built-up ar­eas they should not be at the wheel, At the worst they are a dan­ger to other mo­torists. At the best they are a nui­sance. Please let me knowwhat the rules are about ‘‘mul­ti­ple’’ head­lights.

Mervyn Dykes Palmer­ston North

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