Drivers in the EU may have to use daytime lights
By Lisbeth Kirk
It may soon be compulsory for cars to have daytime running lights in all EU member states, the Independent reports.
The paper notes that the European Commission says car lights during the daytime could reduce deaths by 3 to 5 percent, equivalent to 1,200 to 2,000 fatalities a year across the EU.
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Fourteen of the EU's 25 countries already have rules on the use of daytime lights.
Compulsory daytime running lights (DRLs) became a standard feature for Swedish cars in 1967, when Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right. Other Scandinavian countries soon followed suit.
Countries such as Canada, the US, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary have also made compulsory laws for DRL use on country roads and highways.
The European Commission is currently examining whether to legislate to harmonise the rules but any moves are likely to spark a debate about whether the safety benefits outweigh potential damage to the environment.