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MOTORING: YOUR VIEWS; DRIVE TIME.

Byline: STEWART SMITH

Improper use of lights

I HAVE followed with interest the articles and letters in your paper regarding the improper use of spot lights and fog lights on cars.

This has prompted me to raise a query regarding the legality of many headlights currently used mainly by German manufactured cars.

These are very definitely blue or even red at some angles.

How can these be legal when the law requires that forward facing lights (apart from direction indicators) should be white?

Peter Booth,

The Riddings,

Coventry.

REPLY: Xenon headlights give off a blue effect from certain angles and distances but return to white on level roads.

West Midlands Police traffic officer PC Jim Sampson says: "The lights must pass type approval regulations so they must be legal.

"But they do appear to give off more glare than normal lights."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 2, 2001
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