Arizona state statute 28-101 defines an emergency vehicle as:
- Vehicle deemed an emergency or rescue vehicle by a state department
- Police department vehicle
- Fire department vehicle
Under this state statute, Arizona first responder departments are allowed to use their discretion when determining whether a vehicle is an emergency vehicle or not. However, any vehicle that is deemed an emergency vehicle by a department must meet the department’s insurance liability requirements. Many historical fire trucks, ambulances, police department vehicles, and a handful of others are allowed to use a historical license plate and can use emergency lights when the historical emergency vehicle is not in motion. Under this discretion a historical vehicle cannot activate emergency vehicle lighting while the vehicle is in motion.
Arizona State Statute 28-624 Allows Emergency Vehicles to Use Red, Red/Blue Warning Lights
Under Arizona state statute 28-624, emergency vehicles defined above are allowed to use red or red/blue combination lighting. This statute also allows departments to choose whether their department will use all red or red/blue split combination lighting.
Arizona State Statute 28-947 Allows School Buses and Snow Plows to Use Yellow/Amber Lights
Arizona’s state statute 28-947 permits school buses and snow plows to use yellow/amber warning lighting.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, all pilot cars must be a passenger vehicle and outfitted with amber flashing or rotating warning lights.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 602-542-0362
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.