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Swedish DRL Study: results found spurious
Extract from: Theeuwes J, Riemersma J. Daytime running lights as a vehicle collision countermeasure: the Swedish evidence reconsidered.
     In Sweden the use of daytime running lights (DRL) was made mandatory on 1 October 1977 for all motor vehicles at once, during all seasons and for all areas. According to a study conducted by Andersson and Nilsson (1981) [Andersson and Nilsson. VTI Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute, Report No. 208A; 1981] the introduction of DRL resulted in a reduction of 11% of multiple accidents during daytime. In many discussions on the effectiveness of DRL, these findings have been considered as the strongest evidence that the use of DRL is an effective vehicle collision countermeasure. The present study re-examines this evidence and shows that the reported 11% effect of DRL in the Swedish study is spurious. The effect is mainly the result of the application of a model that shows selective effects of DRL through modelling of unexplained changes in the number of single accidents. It is concluded that the Swedish data fail to show a clear effect of DRL.
                            TNO Human Factors Research Institute, Soesterberg, The Netherlands
1995 ;27(5):633-642.

We receive hundreds of complaints a year about blinding vehicle lights - a few recent ones are listed here
Therefore we have made representations to Government and Manufacturers
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Manufacturer Addressee DaDRL letters Responses

BMW GB Limited

Ellesfield Avenue

Bracknell

Berks  RG12 8TA

 

BMW AG 80788 Munchen  Germany

 

Mr Tim Abbott Managing Director

01344 426565

 

 

 

Helmut Panke  Chairman

 

BMW 20 Oct 2010

 

 

 

BMW Oct 2003

 

 

 

 

 

BMW Response Nov 2003

 

Mercedes Benz UK Ltd
Tongwell, Milton Keynes,
Buckinghamshire MK15 8BA

 

DaimlerChrysler UK Ltd
Tongwell, Milton Keynes,
Buckinghamshire MK15 8BA

 

DaimlerChrysler AG

70546 Stuttgart Germany

 

 

 

Simon Oldfield Managing Director

 

Ray Smith General Manager Daimler Chrysler

Dr Wilfried Steffen President & CEO DaimlerChrysler UK Ltd  

 

Jurgen E. Schrempp 

Chairman of the Board of Management

 

 

Mercedes-Benz 09 Nov 2010

Mercedes-Benz  01 Nov 2010

 

 

Daimler Chrysler Oct 2003

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz response 08 Nov 2010

 

 

Daimler Chrysler response Nov 2003

 

Volvo Cars UK

Globe Park

Marlow

Bucks  SL7 1YQ

 

 

Peter Rask Managing Director

 

 

Stuart Kerr Managing Director

 

 

 

Volvo 01 Nov 2010

 

Advice of DRL fatalities 02 Oct 2007
Request to desist Sep12 2007


 Volvo letters  2003 - 2005

 

Volvo response 03 Nov 2010

 

Volvo response 21 Sep 2007

 

Volvo response Oct 2003

 

Jaguar Land Rover

Banbury Road

Gaydon Warwick CV35 ORG

 

Jaguar Cars Ltd  Browns Lane
Coventry West Midlands  CV59DR

 

Carl-Peter Foster Managing Director

 

 

Mike Beasley Managing Director

Phil Cazaly Marketing Director

 

Jaguar Land Rover  01 Nov 2010

 

 

Jaguar Oct 2003

 

 

VW Group United kingdom Limited

Yeomans Drive

Blakelands

Milton Keynes  MK14 5AN

 

 

Chris Craft Managing Director

 

Paul Buckett

Head of Press and Public Relations

 

VW 01 Nov 2010

  

 

 

Porsche Cars (GB) Limited

Bath Road,
Calcot,
Reading RG3 7SE

 

Andy Goss  Managing Director

 

 

Porsche 01 Nov 2010

  

 

Ford Motor Company

Central Office

Eagle Way

Brentwood

Essex  CM13 3BW

 

Ford of Europe GMBH

Legal Governmental and Environmental affairs

Koeln-Niehl

Henry-Ford Strasse 1

D-50725  Koeln  Germany

 

David Thursfield President & CEO Ford Europe

 

Also Ford USA

William Clay Ford Junior Chairman

James P Vondale Director of Safety and Environmental Engineering

 

Dr. Wolfgang G. Schneider Vice President

 

 

Ford May 2002 + Nov 2003

 

Ford response 2002

Saab Great Britain Ltd

Fieldhouse Lane

Globe Park

Marlow

Bucks  SL7 1LY

Jonathan Nash

Managing Director

Saab 1999 + Oct 2003

 

Vauxhall Motor Company

Osbourne House

Griffin road

Luton

Beds LU1 3YT

Kevin Wale

Managing Director

 

 

01582 427200

Vauxhall Oct 2003

 

Land Rover Ltd.

Lode Lane

Solihull

West Midlands

B92 8NW

Bob Dover, chairman and chief executive of Land Rover. Land Rover Oct 2003 

Toyota GB Ltd

The Quadrangle

Redhill

Surrey  RH1 1PX

Mr. R. Graham Smith, Managing Director

and CHAIRMAN Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

01737 768585

Toyota Oct 2003 

Colt Car Company Limited

Watermoor

Cirencester

Gloucester GL7 1LF

David Miles

General Manager Press and Public Affairs.

 

As Toyota

 

Fiat Auto UK Limited

Fiat House

266 Bath road

Slough SL1 4HJ

Mr Massimo Toso

Managing Director

 

01753 511 431

 As Toyota

 

Nissan Motor (GB) Limited

The Rivers Office Park

Denham Way

Maple Cross

Rickmansworth

Herts  WD3 2YS

 

Brian Carolin

Managing Director

 

As Toyota 

Honda UK Ltd.

4 Power Road

Chiswick

London

W4 5YT

Mr Ken Keir

Chief Executive

 

Stephen Hollings

Marketing Director

As Toyota 

Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd.

St. Johns Place

Easton Street

High Wycombe

Bucks HP11 1NN

Mr David Walker

Managing Director

 

As Toyota 

Subaru (UK) Ltd

Ryder St,

West Bromwich

West Midlands  B70 0EJ

Sam Burton

Managing Director

 

As Toyota 

Bentley Motors Limited
Crewe

Cheshire CW1 3PL

Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen
Chief Executive

01270 255155

As Toyota 
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited
Stane Street
Westhampnett
Chichester
West Sussex PO18 0PA

Graham Biggs

Head of Corporate Communications

As Toyota 

Caterham Cars Limited
Station Avenue
Caterham

Surrey  CR3 6LB

Simon Nearn

Managing Directo

 

As Toyota 

Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK

PO box 227

Aldermoor House

Aldermoor Lane

Coventry  CV3 1LT

Mr Tod Evans

Chairman

 

 

01203 884000

As Toyota 

Renault UK Limited

The Rivers Office Park

Denham Way

Maple Cross

Rickmansworth

Herts  WD3 2YS

Andrew Boyle

Press Officer

 

As Toyota