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Roof light......

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by poncho62, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    I noticed while going through the pictures forum, that the trucks in the US use amber flashing light on the roof. We here in Ontario, Canada use a blue light. Is there a law in place to dictate this?

    Just wondering.
  2. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Down here the only ppl who can have a blue light are the safty forces...Rob
  3. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Up here, they are the only ones (cops, ambulance, fire etc) allowed to use a red light......Tow trucks etc use amber lights, snowplows use blue..........its getting confusing now....lol
  4. GMCplow

    GMCplow Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Each state/municipality has their own codes. Check your local laws in order to be compliant....

    PROPJCKEY Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    In Illinois you can run what ever color you want when you are on PRIVATE property. You must, however, remove the light when you are on the road unless it is amber.
  6. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Here volunteer firefighter personal vehicals use blue lights.Cops have red ,blue and sometimes amber all combined on there light bars.Ambulance mostly red.Fire trucks have red, blue ,amber lights..Tow trucks, utility trucks and plowing vehicals use amber lights only.Sometimes i have even seen volunteer ems people using green lights but not to often.
  7. badranman

    badranman Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Here in Nova Scotia only police can use blue. They can also use red. Firetrucks and ambulances also use red. Tow trucks and plows use amber.

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    Police, Fire, Ambulance use Red, Tow trucks, Plow trucks and Construction Amber. It seems here only EMTs use blue.
  9. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Guess none of us had better cross any borders, we could be in big trouble.....lol

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    That is an interesting thought. I wonder what would happen. I'm a civilian with the NYPD and I'm going to ask at work tommorrow!
  11. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    Doc good to see you back posting again.

    Regards Mike
  12. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    here the only people that can have blue are cops. Fire fighters and cops can have red. Amber, or yellow (thats what it looks to me) is for plows, tow trucks, mail delievery, or anything you need to watch out for. :D :D But people still run into the DOT plow trucks.:rolleyes:
  13. Raydon

    Raydon Member
    Messages: 49

    Poncho, a word of caution for you. Regarding the blue plow light, make sure it's not turned on when your on the road. My brother got a $110.00 ticket last week, here in Ontario.
  14. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Years ago, they used to have a commercial on TV, that showed a snowplow with a tailgunner on the back to keep people from running to the back of it. I thought it was pretty original.
  15. acornish

    acornish Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    here in jersey --Red police ,or municipal fire viecles-- Blue is voluntere fire, or ambulance-- Yellow is road department , or tow trucks, and any other construction type viecle-- bye the way this state does require a permit to use a rotating, flashing ,or strobe type emergency light-- can be a fine up to $500.00 and 90 days in jail if you are caught without the propper permits--- also Green lights are in all 50 US states governed by The American Red Cross as Disaster Emergency Only-- Although some states use them for their EMT's
  16. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    Poncho theres a new commercial on the radio warning people not to crowd the plow trucks. Seriously, what the HEL! are people thinking. When you get behind one of those trucks you get pelted with ice, snow, salt and sand. Gee honey, I don't know why the front of our car looks so scratched up?? I have had a DOT truck stop traffic for me so i could get into a parking lot to plow. And again not long ago a municipal truck did the same thing, blocked 2 lanes of traffic for me so I could back out and finish plowing a small lot. I give them room and they help me out. :D :D Except for the town of Portage, was going 5 over, and had a string of plow trucks on my arse. :realmad:
  17. danthegrassman

    danthegrassman Member
    Messages: 31

    You can use Blue Lights on the road, who says you can't. Ok here it goes say for example you are doing one area of residential plowing with 20 customers in a very tight route with travel time being 2 mins maximum between accounts or less what do you keep turning the light on and off? What do you do when you plow out the windrow the city plow left at he end of the drives do keep the blue light off because you are still on the road portion? Or when you are a matter of feet before the next account and you put the light on in advance to warn traffic that you are going to slow down before you reach the next place, will you get a ticket? Come on, common sense is the key when using the blue light, and if you explain yourself to the cop or the judge I'm almost certain it will get thrown out. After all it is a safety device and not using it is to the detriment to the motring public's safety and yourself. By having it on you are warning the public that you are a slower moving snow plow vechicle that needs extra space.

  18. Raydon

    Raydon Member
    Messages: 49

    :jester: Dan, I agree with you, but unfortunately this Durham regional in Oshawa didn't. He actually at the time was running a radar setup at 5:30 am during a snow storm with 3-4 inches fallen and roads slick. I guess he wasn't doing well with the speeders.
  19. plowman777

    plowman777 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    codes say that KMART is the only entity that is allowed to use the BLUE LIGHTpurplebou
  20. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    And don't forget... All fire trucks and ambulances that carry a paramedic are supposed to show a GREEN light.