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Drivers Who Use HID Headlights On Vehicles Can Be Fined Up To RM2,000

Transport Minister Anthony Loke reminded the public in response to a question in Parliament on Tuesday, 20 November.

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Have you ever been blinded by a car on the road because of its glaring white headlights?

Well, we have good news for you.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke reminded vehicle owners that installation of High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights are banned in Malaysia.

The Minister said this in response to a question in Parliament, as posted in a video on his Facebook page on Tuesday, 20 November.

"Any fitment of HID headlamps that do not follow specifications is not allowed, except for whole-assembly system change with accreditation from authorities such as SIRIM," Loke said, as translated by Paul Tan.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke

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Loke added that these aftermarket HID lights pose a danger to other drivers as it can temporarily blind them.

All vehicles have to comply with regulations set by the United Nations

These regulations are:

- UNECE R48: Installation Of Light,
- UNECE R98: Gas-Discharge Headlamp, and
- UNECE R99: Gas-Discharge Headlamp Source – including original HID headlamps fitted by car manufacturers according to the above standards.

"For instance, UNECE R48 states that a vehicle's headlamps can only have maximum brightness intensity of 4,300K, but HID headlamps rated up to 16,000K are available on the market," said Loke.

HID lights produce a whitish light that are often two to three times brighter than normal headlights

According to Paul Tan, Road Transport Department (JPJ) revealed last year that cars with these installed car lights are considered illegal - with an exception for those that follow the specifications of the manufacturer or if they came with the vehicle.

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Those found guilty of the offence can be charged and fined a maximum of RM2,000, jail time of not more than six months, or both

If it is a subsequent offence, you can be fined up to RM4,000, face jail for up to one year, or both.

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