PG9 or not.................. Jan 28, 2012 23:54:31 GMT
Post by slr on Jan 28, 2012 23:54:31 GMT
Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (RTOA) Staes the following as a Non-endorsable offence (Fine only):
Offence 475, No Dipped Headlights in Poor Visibility or at Night. (Section 17 of the Road Vehicles lighting Regulations 1989).
So in answer to the question it appears to apply to Both Headlamps not working. So one headlamp would suffice (as long as side lamps are working i would suspect).
However in the highway code:
ensure all sidelights and rear registration plate lights are lit between sunset and sunrise
use headlights at night, except on a road which has lit street lighting. These roads are generally restricted to a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h) unless otherwise specified
use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced ie below 100m as stated (see Rule 226)
I would presume the RTOA is recommending the use of a Non Endorsable FPN for situations in which street lighting is not being used. The highway code does say that use of sidelights and numberplate lights is compulsory regardless of the lighting situation.
Again please may I stress - I am aware that the ideal situation is to have them working without debating legal points and to have vehicles working routinley with such a defect is not desirable - this is in the interests of debate purely!