Q: Have you wondered why is the European Commission so keen on compelling motorists all over the Union to keep their vehicles’ lights switched on during daytime? Does anyone still believe the crap that they are trying to sell us about European roads becoming safer after such a ridiculous preventing measure?
A: Well, from what I’m hearing from unofficial sources (please don't blame it on our lovely SEI hosts or others whom I may be talking to here!) the only explanation has to do with the successful lobbying performed by two giant EU car producers. One is French, the other is German. I know both their names, and none has plants neither in Romania, nor in the UK - that’s the only clue I’m going to give.
It seems that their lobbyists are about to convince most of the EU bureaucrats with responsibility in this area that cars with their lights on during daytime (compulsory in Finland since 1972) produce fewer accidents.
Therefore, apart from the Scandinavian countries, Austria, Romania, and a few others, all over the EU this could become law by 2010. Of course that many Brits oppose this, and here or here are some of their arguments!
It is very likely that drivers, passengers or pedestrians won’t benefit from the measure, but the car industry certainly would, as light bulbs, batteries, and electronic systems will have a shorter lifespan.
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