A working group set up by the Nordic Road Safety Council has studied the use of running lights on motor cycles in daytime in order to enhance vehicle conspicuity. It is found that motor cycles are the category most frequently exposed to accidents. Collisions often occur with heavier vehicles whose drivers had failed to detect the motor cycle in time. Accidents occur particularly during the day, in the summer and in urban areas. A study shows that detection distance is more than doubled if motor cycle lights are on. Positive experiences regarding accident frequency have been obtained in some states in the US and Finland which have laws requiring motor cycles to have their lights on when in motion. Dipped headlights are very suitable in daytime; the cost is negligible. It is proposed that legislation be introduced in the nordic countries requiring motor cycles to have running lights on at all times, in both urban and rural areas. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Nordic Road Safety Council

    C/O Kommunikationsdepartementet, Fack
    Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1975


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 45 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 12
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM