Kochi: The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) is set to use lux meters to identify drivers using high beams and powerful lights at night.
The MVD is gearing up to use the mobile phone-sized meters as road accidents during night are on the rise. The Interceptor vehicle squads of MVD have been given lux meters. The MVD has decided to impose fines against vehicles caught using the lux meter and create awareness in this regard.
According to rules, vehicles allowed to use 24 volt bulbs for headlights must restrict its power to 70-75 watts. In vehicles using 12 volt bulbs the power must be restricted to 60-65 watts. Most vehicle manufacturers are using halogen/HID/LED bulbs with 60 watts capacity. But those using more powerful headlights will be caught by the lux meter. The story will be no different for those using high beams at night.
Many luxury vehicles have beam restrictors which controls the headlights from throwing the light straight at oncoming traffic. However, many owners remove this causing trouble to other drivers and vehicle users leading to accidents.