Its that good a idea i didn't know wear it was.
'Errr, sorry officer, I never bothered to read the car's manual to find out how to operate the parking lights.' Yep, that excuse will work every time
There's lots of things that aren't apparent unless you read the manual. e.g. emergency fuel flap release, fuel cut off switch ...
and thinking about it, it cant be law as I've never had to show parking lights on this or any car for MOT just the heads and sides which work with ignition on.
I shall refer you to Highway Code rule 249 ( which of course you should know )
Contruction and Use regulation 101
Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 ( Regulation 24 )
Which states :
Requirements about the use of front and rear position lamps, rear registration plate lamps, side marker lamps and end-outline marker lamps
24.—(1) Save as provided in paragraphs (5) and (9), no person shall–
(a) use, or cause or permit to be used, on a road any vehicle which is in motion–
(i) between sunset and sunrise, or
(ii) in seriously reduced visibility between sunrise and sunset; or
(b)allow to remain at rest, or cause or permit to be allowed to remain at rest, on a road any vehicle between sunset and sunrise
unless every front position lamp, rear position lamp, rear registration plate lamp, side marker lamp and end-outline marker lamp with which the vehicle is required by these Regulations to be fitted is kept lit and unobscured.
It's actually the Lighting regulations that define parking light use as opposed to C&U. There's a lot more to it than that, but that is sufficient to show that it is
Lets face it we don't really use how parking lights as we are worried about runny battery down, if we park dogie and we are just popping to the shop then we use how hazards,
Shops will typically be in areas with a 30MPH limit or at least have street lighting. So you don't need parking lights then. And hazards shouldn't be used to park badly.
Also, 4 main hazard lights and 2 repeater lights will draw about 94 watts on an approximate 50% duty cycle. Parking lights will draw 30 watts. If you don't want to drain the battery too fast, use parking lights instead of hazards. 30W will easily allow about 10 hours usage with little effect on a good battery.
But back to my original question about wear are they i just dont really use them so ask your self how often in your Afla DO you.
Depends if you live in the countryside or not I suppose. Townies probably have little use for them.