Ban on Xenon Headlights

I read this over breakfast today. Shoot! I was just about to go out and get a pair for my car… but since it has been declared illegal, I choose to decline.

No wonder the accessories shops are selling these babies at damn cheap prices than ever before lately…

The issue discussed below is for cars that do after market modification. What about those cars that roll out from the factory with the Xenon as standard equiptment?

Crackdown on Xenon headlights

KANGAR: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will act against vehicle owners who modify their headlamps with bright Xenon lights that are blinding to other motorists at night.

JPJ Director of Enforcement Salim Parlan said the Xenon lights could blind drivers of vehicles coming from the opposite direction or in front of them.

He said the JPJ had received several complaints from the public on these modified headlamps and would take immediate action against modification beyond the set standard under the Road Transport Act 1987.

“These Xenon lights are too bright and can obstruct the visibility of other road users at night.

“This poses a danger to the other road users,” he said during an integrated traffic operation here yesterday.

The Road Transport Act provides for a RM200 fine for modification to a vehicle without the approval of JPJ’s technical authorities.

Salim said the JPJ was considering regulations to prohibit the use of Xenon lights on vehicles altogether.

“We know that vehicles of several manufacturers use such lights. The JPJ will submit its application to introduce such regulations to the higher authorities for consideration,” he said.

Commenting on the two-day traffic operation that began on Monday, he advised motorcyclists in the state to get valid licences and update their road tax.

State JPJ Director Zahari Awang Senik said that during the operation, 123 summonses were issued for various offences.

The operation involved several agencies including the JPJ, Department of Environment, police, National Anti-Drug Agency, Immigration Department, Road Safety Department and Anti-Corruption Agency. – Bernama


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