Two party list lawmakers are batting to stop the use of bright white headlights or headlamps in motor vehicles.
House Bill (HB) 2616, if approved into law, would be known as “An Act Prohibiting the Use of High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps.”
Reps. Neri Javier Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna party list filed House Bill 2616 in their bid to cut the cases of road accidents and enhance road safety and convenience.
According to Colmenares, the use of bright white headlights classified as HID or Xenon headlamps emits excessive glare that causes incovenuence to other motorists.
“Many countries have prohibited or regulated the use of these headlamps precisely in response to the threat to road safety posed by its use,” he said.
For his part, Zarate said the proposal is meant address the problem of threat to road safety 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,” Zarate said.
Citing 2008 statistics of the Department of Health (DOH), Colmenares said that road accident as the fourth leading cause of death in the country.
Zarate added that the department statistics usually happen at night or in dim environment where there is poor visibility. In these instances, vehicles use their headlights or head lamps to provide visibility.
“The HID headlamp produces excessively bright white lights and the glare can distract drivers of approaching vehicles which may result in serious accidents endangering other vehicles and pedestrians,” Zarate said.
Under the proposed measure, 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 slapped with a P10,000 fine.
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) shall be the main implementing agency of this Act. RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4TH