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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 22-11-2013, 17:04 Thread Starter
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Compulsory use of dipped headlights in Switzerland

From the current ( Dec 2013) edition of the Caravan Club magazine:

Currently it is recommended that dipped headlights are used while driving in Switzerland during daylight hours. This requirement will become compulsory from 1st January 2014- the fine for driving without dipped headlights during the day will be CHF 40

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Should be adopted EU wide at the same time.

I know motorcyclists will disagree but as an ex job biker I STILL think all vehs should comply.

Its a natural progression from DLR's anyway

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considering the number of tunnels on Swiss autoroutes, it makes sense. Is that for all roads Griz?

It would show up the number of people driving with only one headlight - I was out last night and encoutered loads of them, in only 10 miles or so.

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. Is that for all roads Griz?

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That's all it says Mike. I would suspect it's for all roads however. We usually do drive with them on anyway as it does make a difference to your visibililty- even driving a great white block of a van. I suspect that the Swiss will not turn a blind eye to those not conforming.


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yes, an opportunity for more revenue! I have automatic DRL's on my hymer, but would normally switch all my lights on when tunneling

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"Currently it is recommended that dipped headlights are used while driving in Switzerland during daylight hours".

Is this actually dipped headlights or do DRL's count instead?[I] I agree normal lights in the tunnels to activate rear lights.
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Should be adopted EU wide at the same time.

I know motorcyclists will disagree but as an ex job biker I STILL think all vehs should comply.

Its a natural progression from DLR's anyway
I agree with the idea of all vehicles having DIPPED headlights but I think the motorcycles that use full-beam, even in daylight, are a dazzling distractio, and I sometimes think that by doing so they are trying to demand priority.

I also have no tolerance for a motorcyclist trying to weave in and out of lanes of traffic, particularly on a restricted carriageway such as the elevated section of the M4 at Ealing.

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I can give lessons on how to treat bikers, no fee.

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First lesson, give them plenty of room.
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It is worth mentioning that this as has been said is becoming more common. I suppose the advice is if you cross the border and most traffic has its lights on, put yours on

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I can give lessons on how to treat bikers, no fee.

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First lesson, give them plenty of room.
I might agree with your advice if they reciprocated, instead of diving under/over /round wing mirrors, often with an apparent attitude that other vehicles should no be in their way.

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