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NHTSA Seeks Public Comment on Headlight Glare Issues

September 27, 2001

In response to numerous consumer complaints about nighttime glare from headlights and auxiliary lights on motor vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a formal request for public comment on possible steps the agency might take to reduce glare. Within the last two years, NHTSA has received numerous complaints about nighttime glare from three types of headlights mounted on the front of motor vehicles: high-intensity discharge (HID) lights that appear blue, auxiliary lights such as fog lamps, and headlights mounted high on various light trucks (sport/utility vehicles, pickups, and vans). In its notice of request for comments, NHTSA has posed 46 questions to the driving public as well as manufacturers and other interested parties. These questions cover a wide array of issues related to the safety, use and performance of various headlights. Those wishing to have their comments considered must provide them by Dec. 1, 2001, when the docket (NHTSA-2001-8885) will close. After that, the agency will review the comments to determine what further actions should be taken. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Department of Transportation’s Docket Manage-ment Section, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street S.W., Washington, DC 20590. It is requested, though not required, that two copies of the comments be provided. The docket section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the public who are providing comments should cite the docket number: NHTSA-2001-8885. In addition, comments may be submitted electronically by logging onto the docket management system Web site at . Click on “Help” or “Electronic Submission” to obtain in-structions for filing the document electronically. The electronic docket number is 8885. The notice of request for comments is posted at .
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