Dubai: A fine of Dh200 will be charged for installing after-market xenon headlights in cars. This is considered as a federal traffic offence and will be fined , officials reports.According to the traffic authorities, the after-market xenon lights are illegal and fall under Article No 95 of the Federal Traffic Act. But these are readily available in the market and a common sight on UAE roads.
Director of Dubai Traffic Police,Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, reported that it is illegal to install after-market xenon lights on cars.The stock xenon light that come fitted on the vehicles are fine as they follow quality standards and regulations, but the after-market ones do not, he added .
He also reports that the after-market lights can be very bright and distracting to others on the road, which is considered a modification to the vehicle and warrants a fine. He mentioned that police officers can tell the two kinds apart.
Article No 95 of the Federal Traffic Law only prohibits use of multi-coloured lights. However, a Sharjah Police official said that changing the colour of the headlight (after-market xenon headlamp emits bright white light) falls under this category and warrants a fine of Dh200.
He added that according to Article No 130 of the Federal Traffic Law, in case of strong lighting that affects the eye or dim lighting that is not suitable for driving, motorists will be fined Dh200, while six black points will be handed to the motorist, But several motorists who were recently penalised for using after-market xenon headlights seemed unimpressed.
Mohammad Jaffer, a resident of Dubai said that he think the law clearly specifies multi-coloured light and the xenon lights don’t fall under this category. The explanation was not clear either. He also said that he was recently fined by Sharjah Police and when he asked the officer to explain the difference between legal and illegal light, the officer couldn’t,he added.
Another motorist said that as there is a need for a legal limit as there are several types of after-market xenon lights with varying levels of brightness.
The difference between the after-market units and the agency-installed xenon lights as reported by Gulf News is that the manufacturers employ a self-levelling system to prevent the lights dazzling the oncoming traffic, the after-market units don’t have this so this is maybe why the police are banning the use of after-market units,said Gordon Ferguson, general manager of AAA Service Centre to Gilf News.He added that the after-market units might also have higher watt bulbs compared to the original units.There is no issue with passing the vehicle as long as the lights work, reports the officials.
Director of Vehicles Licensing at the Roads and Transport Authority Sultan Al Marzouqi said that there is no rule specifying t zenon lights, but most modern cars manufacturers have it these days. Our role as vehicles inspection department is to check the functionality of the head lights. It is not within our jurisdiction to approve or disapprove after-market parts including Xenon lights as when a vehicle comes in for testing we look at the road-worthiness and functionality of the vehicle.