Originally Posted by FateKiller
some after market lights are better than oem
. In that case they should have a device or something by which they can tell beam is over powered. Just putting fine because it's a different headlight is not valid .
Power is only one factor. The fitment, focus, materials used, design so that the “throw” is within the “accepted limits” are only a few to name, for safer roads.
When it comes to incorporation of these lamps, the “control” is better achieved at the Manufacturing level [OEM
]. Checking each and every parameters at the roadside, Cops are definitely ill-equipped and can’t expect them to have it as well, other than say a “Luxmeter =Light intensity meter”.
We are definitely getting there. In Kerala, Cops are getting Luxmeters and the move has already started to spot and penalize the violators including high beam users.
I know there are exceptions and there are a couple of good non-OE setups at least. But then, does a rule allow for such exceptions ? Not practical, isn't it?
Not to offend anybody, but I have seen more cases where cars are equipped with high power multiple headlights all around that are good enough to lit up Wankhede stadium for a friendly cricket match. The worst part is most of them have absolutely no idea of what a “ low beam” is and it has become a habit to set the headlights to high beam by default.
Whom do you blame here ? Cops /Rule books/ Manufactures/ or yourself.
Our country do have a long way to go. Unless and until our manufactures feel the need to offer better headlights in their cars, we common man are left with not many choices. The rule book isn’t perfect, nor do we.