Thiruvananthapuram: In a significant move to curb the use of extreme light in vehicles headlights, the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has announced strict legal action against offenders. The department has expressed concerns over the rising number of accidents on roads at night, primarily caused by the illegal use of vehicle lights emitting bright lights, laser lights, and decorative lights.
The MVD has taken a firm stand and stated that it will strengthen vehicle inspections to prevent the use of bulbs with intense brightness and those of different colours unnecessarily. Officials have asserted that the registration of vehicles found using such blinding headlights will be cancelled as a part of their stringent approach to road safety.
To ensure compliance with the new regulations, the Department of Motor Vehicles has developed a system for calculating the intensity of headlights on vehicles. This system will enable authorities to identify those violating the guidelines and take appropriate action against them.
Additionally, the department has emphasised the importance of dimming headlights when encountering oncoming vehicles. Failure to do so will also result in legal action against the offenders. The MVD has firmly set its stance against the misuse of vehicle lights, as they have a direct impact on the safety of drivers, passengers, and other road users.
The new measures come as a response to the alarming rate of night-time accidents caused by the improper use of headlights, a growing concern that has compelled the MVD to address the issue promptly. Earlier, the offenders were charged a fine of Rs.500 for using defective lights.