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The EU has banned Rolls-Royce’s illuminated hood ornament " The Spirit of Ecstasy" citing light pollution !

Lovers of the top marque will no longer be able to display the beautiful illuminated "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament as the European Union has come up with another one of it's daft laws no longer permitting it to shine on the streets.

The $4,558 ornament was first showcased back in 2011 on the all-electric 102EX concept back in 2011 with it swiftly offered as an extra on the Phantom, the previous-generation Ghost, the Dawn, the Wraith and the Cullinan.

The new EU rules released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) outlaws the sale of the light-up Spirit of Ecstasy because it causes unnecessary light pollution. And to add further insult to injury for owners whose cars are already fitted with the stunning ornament you’ll have to take it into an authorized dealership and have it swapped out for the traditional stainless-steel version free of charge.

What seems bizarre about this new ruling is that the "Spirit if Ecstasy" illumination only works when the car is stationary and it's main lights are on!!

1 Comment

Marian Rodu
Marian Rodu
Oct 20, 2020

While the Official Journal of the EU has posted this text on its site, it is not drafted by the EU, but by a UN commission, so it is just as much a subject of this text as any other member state of said commission which also includes non EU countries. It's from a piece of legislation( Regulation No 48 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) — Uniform provisions concerning the approval of vehicles with regard to the installation of lighting and light-signalling devices [2016/1723]) from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. It's no wonder Brexit has happened when NOBODY is bothered to properly fact check any piece of news and just copy and pastes…

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