By Andy Sambidge
Police report urges fog lights to be fitted to all UAE vehicles to combat weather.
Dense early morning fog has prompted police to call for special fog lights to be mandatory on all vehicles in the UAE.
A new report by police concludes that action needs to be taken to combat the exceptional weather in the region.
In March, a 200-car pile-up on the motorway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured and officials blamed early-morning fog as well as reckless driving as reasons why it happened.
In an interview with the report's author on Wednesday, UAE daily The National quoted Yousif al Katheeri, a warrant officer, as saying: “Front fog lights should be in all cars, even Japanese ones. It doesn’t take much to install them and it could save so many lives and reduce so many accidents."
Regular headlights dazzle other motorists in foggy conditions, but fog lights, which are mounted lower, increase visibility by projecting concentrated beams of light closer to the ground.
Currently, all cars in the GCC are required to have a warning buzzer that sounds when the driver exceeds 120km but there are no rules regarding fog lights.
While newer European cars all have the safety feature, it is not the case for all Japanese motor manufacturers.
A very valid suggestion. However, along with the compulsory fitting of fog lights, the authorities will have to teach the motorists proper usage of the fog lights. Today, you find motorists driving around with fog lights on, even in clear visibility.
Good suggestion and in fact I can't understand why rear fog lights are not part of the GCC spec for cars already. Fog is common throughout the Gulf countries and fog lights (when used properly) are much more effective and less confusing than hazard lights.
Whilst I applaud any suggestion to improve road safety, the fitting of fog lights will do nothing to achieve this unless the police get the crazy wreckless drivers off the roads. As posted by Hombil, from Oman, idiots currently drive around with fog light on in normal conditions thinking that it is a 'cool' thing to do. The driving standards in the UAE are amonst the worst in the world and the constant ramblings of the authorities will do nothing to achieve road safety unless they have the power and backbone to remove persistent abusers from the roads of the UAE for good.
Rear lights need to be mandatory more than front lights. This is the case in Europe. Then the vehicle is more visible from behind and stops the incorrect use of flashers. Considering the hazy and foggy conditions here this is long overdue.