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NJ plowers with amber lights need to fill this form out?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

  2. F250 Boss v

    F250 Boss v Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I read it and became confused on the part about 'governmental agency contract'... Does that mean if you do NOT have a gov. contract you do not need to apply? I don't think we have any such requirement in NYS... -Yet! -Good luck.
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,521

    whose gonna say anyhting when your out plowing at 3 am
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    call the number on the form i guess, but thats just goffy

    and yeah 3AM, i dont think so...next year this "permit" will not be free, and might cost ...lol uncle sam -
  5. WetChicken

    WetChicken Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Ok, when did amber become and emergency color?? lol
  6. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    thats mainly what i was thinking, and yeah, sounds like theres some confusion about the government contracts and such?

    I've never been bothered last year, and i have one of the brightest, Whelen Liberty LFL LED 12 diode light bars, its frekkin bright!
  7. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Technically, Ambers are Illegal in NJ unless your a tow company or Municipal vehicle, or a contractor working for the state... IE.. Sanzari working on the GSP.. Some towns do bust balls ... trust me, I know.... I have a Whelen Patriot mini strobe/ led combo that is brighter than most full size bars I've seen.... I only throw it on when I'm at the site... unless it is blizzard conditions... then I'll leave it on all the time....I've never got busted but heard from enough people about it. I work for the municipal of my town and I do have a permit in the glove box for my work truck.
  8. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    whew .... glad i dont live in new jersey .... i never heard of such things ... but get this one ... Detroit, MI .. has just issued a bike license plate law .... every bike no matter who own it .. must have a bike license $ 1 for a year ... and if dont have one its a $60 fine ....
  9. dumper

    dumper Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Amber Light info from a few years ago......

    MUST have a permit in NJ!!!


    To get a permit to use an amber light for plowing or sanding, you MUST have a contract with a GOVERNMENT agency!!

    Permit has to be obtained from the Cheif of Police in the town it is being used in.

    Penalty is quite high for use without a permit. MANDATORY court appearance if you get a ticket!!

    Odds are you will never get caught, but if you do it will be a problem!!

    Registered User Join Date: Jan 2005
    Location: paterson, nj
    Posts: 19

    Read NJ law carefully.............

    commercial plates etc applies to tow trucks.

    Spin it all you want, to be on a public road and have an amber light on your truck, turned on or turned off, you need a permit.

    To get the permit, you need to be a tow truck or service vehicle, or have a snow contract with a government agency.

    Regardless, you MUST get the application signed by a Police Chief.
  10. gkm

    gkm Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    don't you just love the wisdom of state government?:dizzy:
  11. draffinc

    draffinc Member
    Messages: 33

    The other option for private contractors in our state is that you are allowed to mount it on you vehicle and use it on private property (ie snow plowing etc) however when you leave and go on public roads it must be removed or covered up. Not that anyone does this.....Another way , and this is how two of our permits are filed is that the vehicle is classified as a "service vehicle" (mechanics truck) that may be used for road side service of your fleet. (mechanics truck/tire service) This is an allowable option but i don't think its going to fly with more than two units unless you are a road side service type of business.

    Theres always the hide a strobes in the front and rear vehicle lights....

  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    All states should have this......

    Maybe it would stop the guy from thinking that just because he has a plow on his truck that he can run his lights from start up to shut down.

    That they are warring lights for vehicles that are actually engaged in snow removal operations and not just driving around..
  13. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I don't know about you. But when I'm running around in a heavy snowstorm with a 6000 pound truck and a plow and salt usually going below the posted speed limit...I keep my Amber lights on especially at night.

    Don't know how many accidents I've come across in the winter and it was a rear-ender because the second driver couldn't see the first one through all the snow. I'd rather be in violation of the law "technically" than have my rig smashed up.

    Then again, I'm in IL and the local PD could care less about amber lights. Just don't have loud fart-can exhaust and a tail-light out. Ha.
  14. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I've seen the leave the light on-turn it off issue debated on here numerous times. I will be honest, I turn mine on and leave it on until I am done plowing. Why? For one reason and one reason alone: I know I will forget to turn it on when I get to the next account, and I figure I stand a much bigger risk of getting a ticket for plowing without it on then I will for having it on and not plowing. Just my two cents.