Vehicle owners advised to remove HID lamps

Faizal (right) assuring Wong that his department will enforce the ban on HID lamps next year.

SIBU: Owners of vehicles with HID (high-intensity discharge) headlights are strongly advised to take it down as the move to ban it will be enforced next year.

Pelawan assemblyman David Wong said the Road Transport Department (RTD) Sibu head Faizal David Jamil had assured him that his department would fully enforce the law next year.

Wong said this was in line with the statement made by Transport Minister Anthony Loke that such headlights would be banned next year.

Under the law, those caught would be fined RM2,000 or jailed for up to six months.

“I met Faizal last week during a Charity Without Border event last week. I told him to enforce the law and he gave his assurance that his department would do it,” he added.

According to Wong, such headlights were dangerous to other road users as the bright white light could cause temporary blindness and also accidents.

“I have experienced it a few times when my eyes were hurt by the flashing strong lights,” he said.

Wong said vehicle owners who replaced the original headlamps with HID ones should get them changed again so that they would not be caught by surprise and receive summons for the offence next year.

But there were also others whose vehicles were already fitted with them when they bought it.

“For these people, I advise them to consult with RTD for further clarification so as not to run foul with the law,” he said.

On the Charity Without Border event, he said it was an annual event by the Sibu 4x4 Club, where donations are given to help the poor in the longhouses in the region.

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