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Headlamps which function as main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamps for motor vehicles (until 2014)

This Directive aims to establish the technical requirements concerning headlamps which function as main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamps to permit the implementation of the EC type-approval procedure.

ACT

Council Directive 76/761/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to motor-vehicle headlamps which function as main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamps and to incandescent electric filament lamps for such headlamps [See amending acts].

SUMMARY

Each Member State must grant component type-approval for any type of headlamp which functions as a main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamp, and any type of light source (incandescent and other lamps) for such headlamps which satisfy the construction and testing requirements laid down in the Annexes to the Directive. The Member State which has granted EC component type-approval must take the measures required in order to verify that production models conform to the approved type.

Member States must issue an EC component type-approval mark for each type of headlamp which functions as a main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamp and for each type of light source for such headlamps.

According to the system of granting approval set out in the Directive, Member States may not:

  • prohibit the placing on the market of headlamps which function as main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamps on grounds relating to their construction or method of functioning if they bear the EC component type-approval mark.
  • refuse to grant EC type-approval or national type-approval or prohibit the sale, registration, entry into service or use of any vehicle on grounds relating to headlamps which function as main-beam and/or dipped-beam headlamps if these bear the EC component type-approval mark and are fitted in accordance with the requirements laid down in Directive 76/756/EEC.

This Directive is repealed by Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 from 1 November 2014.

REFERENCES

ActEntry into forceDeadline for implementation in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Directive 76/761/EEC

30.7.1976

1.7.1977

OJ L 262 of 27.9.1976

Amending act(s)Entry into forceDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal

Directive 1999/17/EC

2.5.1999

1.10.1999

JO L 97 of 12.4.1999

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 76/761/EEC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is for reference only.

Last updated: 11.11.2011
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