Do buses need so many lights?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 December, 1993, 12:00am

AS a motorist, I expect to be able to have a clear view of the road ahead of me.

However, at night, oncoming buses operated by the Citybus Company, deprive me of that right.

I have observed that every Citybus bus has both its low beam and driving lights (lights situated below the front bumper) switched on at the same time. The high position and large profile of its low beam lights has the same effect on oncoming drivers as an ordinary passenger car which has switched on its high beam headlights. However, combined with the extra driving lights of the bus, the glare effect is blinding for oncoming drivers.

I live on the south side of the island where the roads are particularly winding. Encounters with a Citybus vehicle such as the one I have described, impairs my judgment of the road ahead.

My main concern is that as buses do not move at the same pace as general traffic, a car may start to overtake and yet because of the glare, the oncoming driver will not see it until it is too late.

My question is, do Citybus drivers need to use the additional driving lights? JAMES CHAN Stanley