Finally, our transport minister has heard the plight of road users!
For a long time, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps have been a nuisance for road users as the light emitted is two to three times brighter than halogen headlamps found on entry-level cars, which is why we’re delighted to hear that Transport Minister, Anthony Loke has announced the ban on HID headlamps.
Yes, it’s true that drivers can see better, clearer and further down the road with HID headlamps but the extremely bright light can also ‘blind’ the drivers from the opposite direction, thus potentially creating hazards for others. Check out the gif below and you’ll understand just how dangerous these headlamps can be.
Not to mention, getting tailgated by a car fitted with these headlamps can be a painful experience for the driver in front. Let’s not be Gandalf, okay guys?
[Update]: The Transport Ministry has now banned all use of HID headlamps on the road except the ones that follow the regulations of the United Nations, which are:
- UNECE R48: Installation of light
- UNECE R98: Gas-discharge headlamp
- UNECE R99: Gas-discharge headlamp source
Also, cars that are factory-fitted with HID headlamps and are in accordance with the regulations will be allowed on the road. Loke added that anyone who is found guilty of breaking this law will be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed up to six months!
If your car is currently rocking retrofitted HID headlamps that violate the law, it’ i advisable to change it asap before you kena kantoi at roadblocks. Be considerate and responsible road users, guys!
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