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Have daytime running lights replaced fog lights?

I was under the impression that it was illegal to use fog lights except in adverse weather conditions. Since the new regulations recently introduced that all new cars must be equipped with 'running lights' I have noticed that many cars, especially luxury models, use low mounted lights. As many of these lights are of the high intensity halogen types I find this very distracting. Have the rules relating to the use of fog lights been changed?

Asked on 15 September 2012 by CW, Macclesfield

Answered by Honest John
What you are seeing are not foglights. They are Daytime Running Lights, usually light emitting diodes. You can forget the old Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations as these have long been supplanted by EC Type Approval Directives. DRLs are, in fact, far less distracting mounted below bumper level than they are when incorporated into headlights.
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