Driving between 6pm and 8pm is now becoming a bit like driving blindfolded. Having had a near collision with a motorbike without lights, you may as well drive blindfolded. (After 8pm, the general traffic diminishes so it is not as noticeable.)
Having been sensitised by this incident (ie he was heading for my driver’s door), I counted well over a dozen similar blacked-out motorbikes and a few cars as well over the next few minutes. Having raised this in conversation, it appears I am not the only one to notice.
The curious belief that using lights uses up more petrol is often mentioned. In other cases, the bikes and cars just do not have functioning lights – a lot of this from being belted with rocks or sticks over the last 12 months. I suspect few vehicles would pass OZ-style roadworthy tests.
There are a few other aspects that would also fail such tests. The first is cars with tinted windows so dark, you can not detect any sign of life through the windows and secondly, vehicles with cages instead of windows, which make them look like vehicles from a “Mad Max” movie or from a speedway circuit.
It’s safer on the bicycle.