Legal or illegal?
Legal or illegal?
Red and only very recently did they allow for one amber light.
But we must remember, NFPA is not mandatory, merely a consensus of minimum standards.
What happened is that NFPA tread on a lot of state and local standards when they decided to include colors and had to beat a retreat. The elected cronies beat out the self appointed cronies.
Chapter 45, Subchapter D:
(b.1) Mounted lights and additional equipment.--
(1) Police, sheriff and fire vehicles may be equipped
with a mounted rack containing one or more emergency warning
lights or side mounted floodlights or alley lights or all
such lights in conformance with department regulations.
(2) Additional visual or audible warning signal
equipment, including, but not limited to, flashing headlamp
system, flashing or revolving white or clear lights, steady
burning lights, traffic-control emergency directional light
assembly, amber lights and intersection lights, may be
utilized on emergency vehicles in accordance with regulations
promulgated by the department
Chapter 45, Subchapter D (continued):
(b) Flashing or revolving yellow lights.--Vehicles
authorized pursuant to the provisions of sections 6106 (relating
to designation of emergency vehicles by Pennsylvania State
Police) and 6107 (relating to designation of authorized vehicles
by department), tow trucks and vehicles used for snow removal
may be equipped with one or more flashing or revolving yellow
lights. The manner in which the light or lights shall be
displayed and the intensity shall be determined by regulation of
If I remember correctly, I beleive the Amber rear warning light came in to play when many of the lighting packages where halogen and the Lighting manufacturers needed them to meet the required light output for the Upper Zone C section, per NFPA 1901. Since then with all the LED pacakages its now just perference of the Department's specifications.
I know as far as EMS goes in PA you are only allowed one forward facing white light and rearward facing amber lights at most.
I've got the print material that shows the NFPA adoption of the single amber to the rear. Found it a couple days ago. Seems like they had removed it a year or so after we got ones with the amber. The next batch we got didn't have amber, but blue instead. Fed Sig also had a pamphlet out on the new light zoning.
What verison of 1901 are you finding the AMBER requirement for the Zone "C" Upper. I have been unable to find it, other than when Amber was used to meet the light output required for Zone "C" upper lights.
my 95 rescue have 2 ambers also
The vehicle code allows for more than one forward facing white light, however I believe they must be part of a lightbar rather than stand alone light heads. For example, the 2 white intersection sweep lights in Code 3's MX7000 light bar is OK, but 2 Whelen Series 900 white lightheads would not be OK.
The vehicle code also allows for more than one rear facing amber light.