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Lawmaker seeking to ban HID headlamps

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Text: / Photos: Brent Co | posted May 18, 2011 15:05

Representative puts forth bill to ban High Intensity Discharge headlights

A lawmaker is seeking to prohibit the use and installation of bright white headlights or headlamps in motor vehicles to reduce the cases of road accidents caused by oncoming vehicles being distracted or glared at by such lighting equipment.

Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna), Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, filed House Bill 3769 to be known as "An Act Prohibiting the Use of High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps."

According to Colmenares. The use of HID or Xenon headlamps can cause inconvenience to the drivers or passengers of other vehicles due to the excessive glare from the high brightness emitted by such lights, citing Department of Health (DOH) statistics that road accidents usually happen at night or in dim environment where there is poor visibility. In these instances, vehicles use their headlights or headlamps to provide visibility.

Colmenares said the measure addresses the problem posed by the use of non-standard headlights, particularly bright and glaring white lights by vehicles that use HID or high intensity discharge headlamps.

"The use of these HID headlamps in vehicles, including refitting of tungsten-halogen headlamps to HID headlamps, is not in consonance with traffic safety standards," Colmenares said.

Under the bill, any person or entity selling motor vehicles caught selling the prohibited item shall be fined P100,000 for every sale of a vehicle fitted with the headlamp. The registered car owner and the person driving a motor vehicle installed with or using the prohibited HID headlamp shall each be fined with P10,000.