French motorists to use lights during daytime

7th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 7 (AFP) - France is to ask motorists to drive with their parking lights on during the daytime for five months starting late this year as a test to see if it improves vehicle visibility and lowers the number of road accidents.

PARIS, July 7 (AFP) - France is to ask motorists to drive with their parking lights on during the daytime for five months starting late this year as a test to see if it improves vehicle visibility and lowers the number of road accidents.

The experiment will run from October 30 to March 27 next year and will not be compulsory, the government said in a statement after a ministerial meeting on road safety.

It would only be for the winter period and recommended for only outside cities and towns.

"The possible gain such a measure would bring can be evaluated, according to experts, at between five to eight percent fewer deaths and eight to 10 percent fewer injuries," the statement said, adding that an advertising campaign would be rolled out to announce the test.

Motorcyclist associations have protested the initiative, saying it will make it harder for motorists to see their more vulnerable vehicles in lit-up traffic. Motorbikes have been required to be driven with their headlights on for the past three decades in France.

Other measures the government said it would implement would be lowering the blood alcohol limit for bus and coach drivers to less than the level permitted for ordinary drivers, and aligning its road injury and death statistics gathering to standards used in most other European countries.

 

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