Rules Regarding LED Daytime Running Lights


New cars are coming onto the roads factory-fitted with LED daytime running lights. Is it legal to drive with these lights switched on?


Daytime running lights help vehicles to be more visible to other drivers during the day and to be spotted at greater distances, especially in areas that experience temporary darkened and heavy traffic.

Local regulations permit low beam headlamps to be used. In terms of South African regulation, a vehicle will not be imported if the features on the vehicle are not compliant with the South African Bureau of Standards and the National Road Traffic Act. LED day time running lights are legal, according to Section 161 A of the National Road Traffic Act, which regulates the use of daytime running lights. It permits the use of these lights provided that they do not cause discomfort to the driver either directly or indirectly or cause any risk to any other road users.

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