Drivers have no idea what to do with fog lamps

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 12:00am

I share the views of K K Fong and Bob Young (Sunday Morning Post, November 3 and 10) regarding the improper use of fog lights.

Transport officials do not seem to know about the use and abuse of such lights.

In the US rear fog lamps are illegal. Elsewhere cars are wired so that the rear fog lamps cannot be switched on unless the front lamps are already on. Basically the front ones are used for fog or heavy rain and the rear lamps are switched on when there is heavy fog or severe rain. Improper use is penalised in Europe, just like the practice of using undipped headlights against oncoming traffic, which is illegal in Hong Kong.

Most offenders are taxi drivers and young motorists.

I believe the Transport Department must act.

It should outlaw improper use of fog lights and educate drivers as many do not even know what these lights are for. When it comes to headlights, so many motorists seem to act on the principle of 'the more the merrier'.

This is an attitude which annoys other motorists.


Discovery Bay