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Crackdown on use of high intensity headlights @ Kerala

Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Cinju, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

    Starting Friday, the district police will prosecute motorists who equip their vehicles with high intensity discharge (HID) xenon headlights, decorative light emitting diode bands and additional lamps.District Police Chief A.J. Thomaskutty said a considerable section of motorists used such banned devices to give their vehicles a customized appearance.

    Such lights were standard fitting in expensive cars and sports utility vehicles. Several manufacturers offered “conversion kits” to fit ordinary vehicles with such powerful lights.They advertised that xenon lights, so called because HID bulbs held xenon gas, offered enhanced visibility at night. The bulbs emitted an intense blue tinted beam (several times more powerful than traditional yellow tinged headlights) which often temporarily blinded motorists approaching in the opposite lane, resulting in night-time accidents, the police said.Traffic enforcers said one of the villains seemed to be HID headlights, along with rash and drunk driving and speeding.

    Mr. Thomaskutty rebuffed the advertised claim of manufacturers that HID lights did not impair the vision of approaching motorists. He said the powerful beam from such lights “invariably” blinded, at least momentarily, drivers approaching on the opposite track. The powerful beam of HID headlights seemed to arc upwards. Moreover, the Motor Vehicle Act banned the use of such intense lights, including the use of lights to illuminate the space below the floor-board of cars, currently a fashionable practice among young vehicle owners.

    The police said 2,161accidents were reported in the district between January and June last year. More than 235 persons were killed in road accidents, most of which occurred at night.They said poor road conditions, ill-lit and unscientifically designed junctions, failure to highlight medians and round-about with reflectors, the increasing number of powerful new generation vehicles (two-wheelers included), aggressive driving habits of private bus and dumper lorry drivers, drunk driving, non-adherence to traffic signals, failure to engage seat-belts and use helmets, and sleepy drivers were the main causes of night-time accidents in the district.

    The police would use blood alcohol level detectors and speed detection radars for their intense night time traffic enforcement drive. The driving licences of recurrent offenders would be cancelled.

    Source:- The Hindu : NATIONAL / KERALA : Crackdown on use of high intensity headlights
  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    What does the law say about it? I believe legally allowed bulbs should be of 50/55 watts. HID bulbs were of 35 watts. As long as the color temperature is 4300K, I don't see an issue here. What about the BMW's, Audi's and Merc's? Will they be asked to convert to normal halogen?
  3. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    I think HIDs with proper projectors will not blind the traffic - but there are many who put HID without projectors, and this may blind the oncoming traffic.
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  4. sungoa2010


    Goverment should provide proper roads with proper ligthings. They should restrict autos and vehicles parking on roads. These are more important than banning those lambs.
    In that case one can manage with ordinary head lights.
  5. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

    If it is not there in the Law, under what section are they going to book us ? I do agree with Anoop's statement. Without those projectors, these lights really blind the oncoming traffic. Now the trend is such that even more & more people are switching to much powerful lights just to blind such fellows and ultimately all those oncoming vehicles are affected as a result of this. Maybe the driver's intention was just to blind the bright light fellow.:rage
  6. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Correct. They should first concentrate on the following.
    - No high beam within the City.
    - Stop the driving on wrong side. This is a huge menace in Chennai. Those who drive in OMR will agree with me.
    - Stopping the menace created by share autos. Currently they stop where ever they want to.
    - Most importantly, take action on those who violate the signals.
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  7. Just by fining cars with HID wont solve this. There are buses and lorries who use 6 Headlights and all the six have halogen with high beam and in the night its a horror when they come from the opposite side. 90% of the buses, lorries, auto's dont have park or brake light at the rear and also forget about indicators.

    First teach people how to drive in the night... meaning... there are many drivers who dont dip their vehicle's headlight even when we dip our vehicle's headlight. This is a common scene with buses, lorries and even many cab, private car drivers, two wheelers etc..

    There are buses and private tour buses with hundreds of LED's, decorative lights.. start prosecuting them first and fine them heavily and then fine the rest of the other vehicles.

    These are just my views.
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  8. jayadev

    jayadev Esperto

    Kannur, India
    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    Cant understand what are these "law"upto?

    Agreed intense beam should be checked. and most powerful beams are of police Jeeps and minister cars ..OH forgot the road and earth belongs to them they can do it.

    what is wrong being fashionable and fancy ? though I dont find it entertaining but let them do whom likes it.

    1. poor road conditions-thankfully someone said it at least but for what to prove he know it right ..
    2. ill-lit and unscientifically designed junctions- oh really when it was realized ?
    3.failure to highlight medians and round-about with reflectors -and what else
    4. the increasing number of powerful new generation vehicles (two-wheelers included)-so we should stick to old school amby's and impala's
    5.aggressive driving habits of private bus and dumper lorry drivers - easier said than done .
    6.drunk driving,-this the only concern as of now whole law is interested in.
    7. non-adherence to traffic signals,-In kerala, police have no Idea what to do when somebody breaks traffic rule they just IGNORE it.
    8. failure to engage seat-belts -well that s limited only to private car owners. public bus,trucks , governemnt vehical even police vehicals are excluded.
    9.and use helmets-never saw a lady wearing helmet so it applies to men only,
    10.sleepy drivers were the main causes of night-time accidents in the district-great finding..nobody ever knew it..!!

    It is pity to note, where law was needed to be made stricter they are just assuming and imagining . and certain issues which raise not much concerns are considered biggest issue.
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  9. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    The true, i repeat true HID's are much more easier to the eye than any halogen etc. They do not need to be banned.

    What needs to be banned are those sick blue halogen bulbs. Which give out a hellish white-blue light and blinds oncoming traffic.:irked
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  10. Manilruben

    Manilruben Amatore

    There are 101 things which need to be corrected as ramjn pointed out ..chennai folks will agree on the corrections required..

    1. Share autos dangerous driving & start and stop without any signal
    2. Traffic signal buls not illuminate you would not evev know wether it is red or green
    3. drivers blocking straight line trafiic to turn left or right
    4. MTC buses over crowding causing accidents to motorists
    5. minister cars need to drive on roads not fly
    6. wrong parking
    7. hazzard lights used for going straight very strange
    8. Blind corners brightly illuminated
    9. Tarffic personal driving on wrong side
    10. over laden trucks travelling
    11. iron rods protruting 3 feet away from bakend
    you can keep adding

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