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DfT confirms its turning out the lights

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People driving approved used cars at night will soon find they are travelling in darkness on some quieter motorway routes.

The Department for Transport has announced plans to turn off motorway lighting on certain stretches between midnight and 05:00 BST.

This move is designed to cut Britain's carbon footprint and save on energy costs, with roads minister Mike Penning saying it was one of the many constructive ideas provided by the public during a recent consultation.

However, safety campaign groups have not taken the news so well, with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claiming that driving on a well lit road is a lot less stressful.

"Modern headlamps are very good, but they do not shine far enough ahead to enable you to stop in time for an unexpected obstacle when travelling at motorway speeds: at 70mph the stopping distance is 315ft," said IAM head of road safety Kevin Delaney.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19921461-ADNFCR

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