Environmental pollution due to Daytime Running Lights



DRL in the UK will waste the energy equivalent of a Nuclear Power Station






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Last updated

 13 December 2010



Daytime headlights cause unnecessary pollution


On 30 March 2005 Dr. Pieter Tans director of the US government's Climate Monitoring Diagnostics Laboratory, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) at Mauna Loa Hawaii reported that World Carbon Dioxide levels had risen from 315 to 378 parts per million (ppm) a 20% increase since 1990.


On the false pretext of safety, the EU commission is trying to force the UK to use headlights in good daylight.  This will add about 1.85 million tonnes of CO2 into the UK's atmosphere (annually the UK emits around 560 MtCO2 ).


According to DFT accident data, despite the abundance of speed cameras, UK accidents are increasing, particularly to less conspicuous more vulnerable road users whom daytime lights mask.  The Japanese Government oppose full power headlights (the EU level is 1,600 cd from 55 watt tungsten halogen headlamps) and recommend that low power lamps producing 200cd would give adequate safety.  DaDRL agree with this.


You may have seen the recent Carbon Trust TV adverts aimed at reducing the impact of climate change.  Tom Delay Chief Executive, states that during 2003/2004 the Carbon Trust helped to save 0.9 to 1.8 million tonnes of CO2. 


Daytime headlights will negate all the good work of the Carbon Trust and put pedestrians, cyclists and motor cyclists at risk  - see letter to Carbon Trust


There are also environmental issues related to the manufacture, distribution, collection and disposal of failed lamp bulbs - if used during daytime they can burn out after 10,000 - 12,000 miles.