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Lights--Beacons Flashing--ect Is it a law to have them while plowing?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Nascar Fan, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. Nascar Fan

    Nascar Fan Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    I am new to plowing in general but ALMOST everybody has a some sort of yellow light on thier plow vehicle.I live in upstate New York and was wondering is it a law to have to have them?I do see some out there with no lights but they are the slim minority of people.Now does it only have to be on while actually plowing a site or is it for whenever the vehicle is in transport with the plow site to site?Thanks for the help!!!:help:
  2. I don't believe it is a New York state law.

    I would check your local laws.

    Where in New York are you?

    I only use mine while plowing at the site so that others see me.
  3. Nascar Fan

    Nascar Fan Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    I live in South Glens Falls,New York about 40 miles north of Albany and about 110 miles south of Plattsburg.:waving: :drinkup:
  4. griffithtlc

    griffithtlc Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    I don't know for sure if it is law or not, but it is a good idea, whether it is law or not. Visibility is very important when plowing, that's why guys run strobes and light bars. You will be surprised how many idiots will not realize that you have an 8 or 10 foot thousand pound piece of steel haning on the front of your truck, and will not get out of the way. I run LED's all around, and have a mini-light bar up top. I wish I could run some strobes, but the payup isn't there. Definitely pick one up. Besides-they look really cool, too:D
  5. Nascar Fan

    Nascar Fan Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Yes it really does make common sense to have one.I will be getting one by the end of the week.(I should probably get the plow fixed too.............But thats another story.
  6. Nascar Fan

    Nascar Fan Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    I gotta run the work pager goes again......I will be checking back later on this.Maybe i can get my plow to work with some advice from all the knowledge here.!Gotta run or bills dont get paid................:redbounce
  7. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    In some small communities around here, the Police will stop you if you do not have a light. I would too. Its a reletively cheap way to make sure people see you. Reflective tape on the blade markers is also a good idea, it give a bit better visability for you and them.

    I would not plow without a light. And I definately would get a 'real' light, not one of those autozone specials. Check out AWDirect, they have a great selection, and good prices!
  8. CPSS

    CPSS Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    matt, I don't know about MN, but in New York, the flashing amber light doesn't give you any authority to have people "get out of your way". It's reserved for vehicles "engaged in hazardous operations" and is only a warning to other drivers that your vehicle is engaged in hazardous operations.

    To answer the original question, a light is not required by law, however if someone hit you, there would be a liability issue as the NYS vehicle and traffic law does provide a section allowing you to use an amber light.
  9. griffithtlc

    griffithtlc Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    I didn't mean I was going to ram into people because I own the road, I am just saying that there are idiots that when you are making a run with the blade down will come and pass right in front of you, or right beside you. People are just plain dumb, and you don't always get the ideal situation to plow without moving traffic around.
  10. 99zr2

    99zr2 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    I think they are a good idea too for visiblity reasons. I have one on my truck and use it all the time. It allso comes in handy for non plowing situations too.

    Josh 99zr2
  11. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Safety is the #1 priority....just ask your insurance agent :eek: If you take the best precautions available and apply them , then you are less likely to suffer any legal issues. Look before you leap :angel: