The Transport Ministry has now banned all the HID headlamps on the road with no exception, as reported by Sinchew. Loke added that anyone who’s found guilty of breaking this law will be fined up to RM2,000 or jailed up to six months!
High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps have been a nuisance for road users as the light emitted is two to three times brighter than halogen headlamps found on entry-level cars, which is why we’re delighted to hear that Transport Minister, Anthony Loke has announced the ban on HID headlamps.
There is a serious issue when it comes to visibility on the Highway facing automobiles now using LED and HID Headlights. They are extremely bright compared to old headlights or halogen ones that used to be installed by automobile companies before.
This is a serious issue for 2 reasons. 1) It is blinding when facing oncoming traffic that are using LED or HID headlights, so they obstruct one’s vision and can cause accidents. 2) These new headlights are so bright it actually causes pain and damage to the retina of people’s eyes.
Perhaps you’ve noticed while driving at night that some headlights just seem significantly brighter than others. It’s not your imagination. Brighter headlights are gaining traction in the automotive market.
Some consumers complain that this is difficult particularly on narrow, winding roads when faced suddenly with very bright HID headlights, but try to focus on another area of the road.
At issue with HID and LED headlights is the safety of one driver that may be enhanced by brighter headlights versus the safety of another driver that may be compromised by the glare of oncoming really bright headlights.
It is clear to anyone who drives, walks or bikes the roads: the trend toward LED and HID headlights has become a source of dangerous, blinding glare.