HL Deb 28 January 1974 vol 349 cc161-2WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in view of the advice contained in the Department of the Environment circulars H.M. 28/0067, Part 2 of November 16, 1973, and of December 6, 1973, and the Press notice of January 11, 1974, in connection with the reduction of street lighting arising under the Emergency Regulations, it is not necessary to revise the regulations contained in S.I. 1972/557—The Road Vehicles Lighting (Standing Vehicles) (Exemption) (General) (No. 2) Regulations 1972 whereby vehicles may be parked on certain roadways under specified conditions without showing lights, in so far as such parked vehicles now create an unnecessary hazard during the hours of darkness; and whether they will introduce such regulations as may be necessary to require all motor vehicles to show "dipped" headlights when moving at all times and in all conditions where any light is required by existing regulations.


My right honourable friend the Minister for Transport Industries is urging drivers, through Press and television advertisements, to use headlights where street lighting is reduced. If they act on this advice, as I hope very much they will, there should be no need to introduce further regulations.