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Lighting Up Time in Bulgaria

Drivers in Bulgaria must switch their car lights on from 1st November. According to the Traffic Act in Bulgaria, all drivers must put their vehicle's lights on whilst driving at any time, including daylight hours. This applies from 1 November to the 1 March 2010.Failure to have your lights on will result in a fine.


Get Prepared

It may be a good idea to give your vehicle a good check over for lights, winter tyres, windscreen wipers, batteries... to make sure you don't get caught out on a spot check by the Bulgarian Traffic Police. Also have a 'Winter Kit' ready and include a small shoval,scrapers and small brush to clear snow and keep it in the car for any unexpected snow fall.In an area prone to heavy snow falls it can come at anytime and quickly make roads hazardous so always be on your guard when travelling out.

Legalisation of Daytime Running Lights

From 2011 all new cars and small vans sold in the EU will have to be fitted with daytime lights, after studies showing that so-called Daytime Running Lights (DRL) can help improve road safety by increasing visibility.Later in August 2012 new buses and trucks will follow.Vehicles already in existance do not need to be rectified.

DRLs are automatically switched on when the engine is started. Because they consume low amounts of energy - around 30 percent less than normal driving lights - they are also considered to be environmentally friendly.They are not designed for drivers to see the roads but help other road users see oncoming traffic. Scandinavian countries were among the first to introduce mandatory daytime lights for cars, and their experience shows that their effect on road safety is "very positive," officials in Brussels said. "The introduction of Daytime Running Light for new vehicles will make a positive contribution to our goal of reducing fatalities on European roads whilst being more fuel efficient then existing lights," said Gunter Verheugen, the EU's enterprise and industry commissioner.The legalisation of DRL already exists in some form in 17 other EU countries.

In May, the commission proposed fitting all new cars with high- tech stabilising, braking and safety-warning systems as from 2012. Both initiatives are designed to improve road safety and help the EU meet its target of halving the number of road casualties.

However car makers have had strong oposition to this new law,claiming drivers at night will not remember to switch headlights on, also cause confusion by other road users between these lights and fog lamps.The law still needs to be approved by both European parliment and Ministries but is expected to pass.