HC Deb 09 December 1926 vol 200 cc2259-60
18. Colonel DAY

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware of the numerous accidents that have recently happened in the Metropolitan police district through the difference of opinion existing between motorists as to the advisability of dimming or turning out their headlights while in the suburbs; and will he consider giving instructions to the Metropolitan police to make this practice uniform in the Metropolitan area?


No, Sir. The police would have no power to enforce any such uniform practice, even if it were desirable to require it in every case.

Colonel DAY

Has the hon. and gallant Gentleman had his attention called to the remarks of a learned Judge this week on this practice, and would he consider introducing legislation either one way or the other, either that all motorists should have their lights out or all dim them in London?


My attention has been called to the observations to which the hon. Member refers, but I cannot promise any legislation at present.

Captain BRASS

Would it be possible for the Home Office to issue Regulations forbidding the use of headlights in well-lighted streets in the Metropolis?


No; I do not think we possess that power at present.