Daytime running lights become mandatory for light commercial vehicles starting November 2012 image

On November 1 2012 a new regulation will come into force for commercial vehicles of 3.5 tonnes or more.

All vehicle models and vehicles being entered into service for the first time that are type approved after this date must be fitted as standard with daytime running lights, according to EU legislation. From November 1 2014 this regulation will also apply generally to all newly registered models within the European Union.

A required equipment for passenger cars since February 2011, daytime running lights improve the perception of road users, according to studies. According to EU requirements, daytime running lights can only be operated on their own and not together with dipped beam. They must be attached to the vehicle at least 25 centimetres and a maximum of 150 centimetres above the ground.

However, it is possible to have a combination of daytime running lights and corner marker lights. These must then be attached at a height of between 35 and 210 centimetres; the distance from the outer edge must not exceed 40 centimetres.

The number of lights installed is also restricted. Only two additional corner marker lights can be fitted. A total of four corner marker lights is only permitted if two of them are integrated into the main headlights. In addition, four end-outline marker lights can also be operated.