Project: A Framework Arrangement For Vehicle Lighting

Reference: S0021/VD

Last update: 13/03/2008 14:59:50


This project will support the development of national and international regulatory requirements by:

* enabling the testing of new and/or existing lighting and light signalling devices;
* reviewing technical working papers and regulatory proposals; and
* providing advice to delegates attending national and international lighting meetings.


The lights on vehicles are fundamental primary safety requirements, helping to prevent accidents by aiding the driver to see the road ahead and allowing other road users to see the vehicle and understand the actions of the driver.

Vehicle lights should provide a clear unambiguous signal to other road users.

Improving the lights fitted to vehicles could contribute to improvements in one or all of these factors and may provide added benefit by reducing the power demand required and hence the environmental impact of vehicles.

Not all improvements in lighting are beneficial to all road users. In particular, the issue of glare needs to be carefully considered. We need to be certain that any changes being considered or proposed to lighting requirements provide an overall benefit to all, without being detrimental to any road user group.

This contract will support the development of national and international regulatory requirements by enabling ad-hoc advice to be provided at short notice on vehicle lighting matters not covered directly by other contracted research projects.


ICE Ergonomics
Holywell Building, Holywell Way, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3UZ
+44 (0)1509 283300

Scientifics Limited
500 Derby Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24 8BQ

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

BSI Testing
BSI Product Services, Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4SQ
Main Switchboard: +44 (0)1442 230442

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £105,000.00

Actual start date: 01 September 2001

Actual completion date: 29 June 2007


Assessment of the safety benefit of retro-reflective markings on HGVs and Buses
Author: Loughborough University
Publication date: 27/05/2005
Source: Loughborough University

Daytime Running Lights (DRL): A Review of the Reports from the European Commission
Author: TRL
Publication date: 31/10/2006
Source: PPR170

Motorcycle Headlamp Beam Patterns
Author: ESRI Ltd
Publication date: 01/07/2003
Source: Contact:

Summary of results

  1. HARMONISED MOTORCYCLE PASSING BEAMS. The project results were delivered late but were credible and, although the output delivered fell short in some areas and was not as detailed as expected, to some extent it was relevant to discussions in GRE.