§ Mr. Clive Bossom
asked the Minister of Transport what has been the result of his consideration of what can be done to see that headlights are always used on unlit roads, and dipped headlights in built-up areas; and if he will now ban the practice of driving on sidelights only.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
Our evidence does not show that in well lit streets the use of dipped headlights is any safer than side lights. But elsewhere headlights should always be used in accordance with the rules in the Highway Code which are:—Use dipped headlights at night in built-up areas, unless the street lighting is good.On unlighted roads always use your headlights. When meeting other vehicles and cyclists dip your headlights. If you are dazzled, slow down or stop.It is difficult to define by Regulation "well lit streets" in terms which would make it clear to drivers, as would be necessary exactly where headlamps need not be used. In practice this need not pose a serious problem because, in case of any doubt, drivers should have their headlights on.