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Letter of the Day | Crack down on free-for-all lighting

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Are there any regulations regarding the modifications to vehicle performance and lighting systems?

Regarding the engine modifications:

Once a stock vehicle has its engine modified or changed to yield higher-power output, is any consideration given to the modification of its braking, suspension, and tyres so that the vehicle will be able to be kept under control and stopped at the higher levels of acceleration and speed?

The examination depot must be vigilant at the annual inspections, and spot checks by the Transport Authority must be done to ensure that vehicles are not driving around endangering the lives of its occupants and those of the public and infrastructure.

Perhaps we need to regulate the importation of high-performance parts and technology and stipulate that only certified garages and dealerships can have access to this technology, and if a vehicle's performance is to be upgraded, it is done as a package to include the brakes, suspension, and tyres.

If we do not take this matter into consideration, we will continue to experience the road carnage that is all too frequent today.

Regarding the lighting systems:

Are there any regulations to the LED lighting systems that over-the-road vehicles are allowed to install because a lot of vehicles now are sporting off-road lighting packages that are blinding and very dangerous. Off-road LED strip lights are being installed on pickup trucks, and the drivers think it is cool to drive with them on public roadways. The operators of cars are installing the LED spot and strip lights that they turn on independently and are not even linked to their high-beam circuits and are not 'focused' properly. Trucks are replacing their standard headlights with LED ones that are not focused, and, when dipped, do not angle left as standard ones do.

The result is that in all cases, the oncoming vehicles are blinded and must virtually stop to avoid a crash. This, in turn, creates a traffic hazard.

Some definitive regulation must be implemented without delay regarding these issues. The police, traffic examiners and Transport Authority must see it as part of their duty to enforce it rigidly in the interest of public safety and the rule of law.

MARK N. KERR-JARRETT

Managing Director, Barnett Ltd