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Front fog lamps on motor vehicles (until 2014)

This Directive aims to establish harmonised technical requirements concerning front fog lamps to permit the implementation of the EC type-approval procedure.


Council Directive 76/762/EEC of 27 July 1976 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to front fog lamps for motor vehicles and filament lamps for such lamps [See amending acts].


Each Member State must grant EC component type-approval for any type of front fog lamp which satisfies 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 front fog lamp.

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

  • prohibit the placing on the market of front fog lamps 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 front fog lamps 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This Directive is repealed by Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 from 1 November 2014.



Entry into force

Deadline for implementation in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 76/762/EEC



OJ L 262 of 27.9.1976

Amending act(s)

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 1999/18/EC



OJ L 97 of 12.4.1999

The successive amendments and corrections to Directive 76/762/EEC have been integrated into the original text. This consolidated version is for reference only.

Last updated: 09.11.2011