HC Deb 21 June 1920 vol 130 cc1715-6
16. Commander Viscount CURZON

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the event of the Committee on the Lighting of Motor Cars failing to find any solution of the problem of dazzle from the headlights of motor vehicles, he will take steps to prohibit the use of headlights in areas where adequate street lighting exists.

23. Colonel YATE

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can arrange for the issue of a police regulation prohibiting the use of dazzling headlights in well-lighted streets pending the introduction of the proposed legislation.


As the hon. Member is aware, the Minister of Transport has no power under existing legislation to make any order prohibiting the use of headlights. The Interim Report of the Committee on Lights on Vehicles recommended that pending the solution of the dazzle problem the candle power and size of apertures might be limited. Experiments are still proceeding on the subject of dazzle.

Viscount CURZON

Have we to wait until some indefinite date before anything can be done to put an end to this abuse?


If my Noble Friend means by an "indefinite date" one very far ahead, I do not think that is an accurate assumption.

Colonel YATE

Cannot the police issue a regulation prohibiting the use of dazzling headlights?


The police have no power to do so.