There is no general obligation to switch on the lights during the day. However, a dipped beam is always required if visibility is impaired by rain, snowfall, fog and the like and at dusk and in the dark. Two-wheeled motorcycles (mopeds, motor bikes) have to be driven with a dipped beam or with daytime running lights at all times.
Lights may be used during the day if the driver so chooses.
The following types of daytime lighting are permitted:
- Special daytime running lights alone (not combined with standard dipped beam, main beam or front fog-lamps)
- Standard dipped beam
- Passing lamp alone (without the rear position lamp)
- Front fog-lamps and dipped beam
- Front fog-lamps alone
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