Daytime driving lights soon law

Ryan Ross
Published on April 11, 2014

Drivers whose daytime running lights aren't working, or who have disabled them, will face a $50 fine after new legislation is passed.

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It will soon be easier to spot oncoming traffic on Island roads thanks to legislation tabled this week that will force all vehicles to either have daytime driving lights or run with their lights on.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey said for whatever reason some vehicles have daytime running lights that don’t work or are unhooked.

“It’s a very dangerous thing,” he said.

The proposed changes to the Highway Traffic Act will require any vehicle made after Nov. 30, 1989, to use daytime running lights during daylight.

Under the proposed legislation, any vehicles made before that will either have to have daytime running lights or drive with their headlights on during the day.

Drivers who disobey the new rules face fines of up to $500.

The legislation will also prohibit the use of any daytime driving lights in colours other than white or amber.

Farm tractors, special mobile equipment and vehicles registered outside of P.E.I. will all be exempt.

Vessey said it will be up to motor vehicle owners to ensure their lights are running during the day.

“If you’re running a vehicle without them, now it’s going to be illegal.”

The proposed legislation will also deal with licence plate covers that restrict visibility because Vessey said law enforcement officials have complained some of the information on them, such as registration stickers, can be concealed.

“It’s just minor housekeeping of the act and making things safer,” Vessey said.

Drivers who have anything covering the plate in whole or in part face fines up to $500.

Under the new legislation, there is also a section that deals with vehicles that drive from the right-hand side.

Those will be restricted to commercial use with any right-hand driving vehicles that were already on Island roads grandfathered in.