Police across the bayside are calling on motorists to end a disturbing trend with motor vehicles – Problems with vehicle lighting.
Local Police say a quick survey of peak hour traffic on our arterials shows that approximately 10 % of vehicles have one or more lights inoperable.
Senior Constable Michael Molloy says lights on a vehicle not only allow vision to drive in the dark, but also allow others to see our vehicle, and hopefully stay clear of a collision.
“If a vehicle is presented for a safety certificate inspection with a light not functioning, it will not pass the inspection until such time that the lamp is made operable. It is incumbent upon the driver of a motor vehicle to ensure that the parts and equipment of the vehicle are functioning prior to driving.”
“Technically this needs to be done prior to each time you drive. In practicality, a weekly inspection should be conducted to reduce the risk of driving an unroadworthy or potentially unsafe vehicle.”
Police say checking a vehicle’s lights is simple, except for the brake lights.
“You can either reverse up to a wall, and put your foot on the brake, or get an assistant to check them with you. If you find any lights inoperable, you can either replace them yourself, visit a mechanic, or visit your local auto parts supplier as many of them offer free fitting of minor parts such as globes, wiper blades and fuses.”
Motorists also run the risk of being fined up to $261 and 3 demerit points if the vehicle is deemed unsafe.
Senior Constable Molloy says Police have also noticed numerous instances of drivers not turning their headlights on at night or in reduced visibility.
“Unfortunately, newer vehicles are sometimes fitted with daytime running lights and at night-time it almost appears that the headlights are on. The problem is that the tail lamps are not operating. Our advice is to leave your headlight switch to ‘auto’ if it is an option.”
“The use of fog lamps is also prohibited unless there is fog, rain or smoke that reduces visibility.”
Some vehicles also have a rear facing fog lamp which is an extra bright red tail-light. This can cause confusion to other motorists as it looks like the brakes are being applied and can be potentially dangerous if the vehicles brake lights don’t work, and you brake suddenly.
“We encourage all motorists to give their vehicle’s a check over this week and replace worn or inoperable equipment.”