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Idaho Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

idaho Idaho emergency vehicle light state statutes dictate who can and cannot use lights and sirens in their state and also define what an emergency vehicle is. Below, we have gathered basic information about Idaho’s emergency lighting requirements and added links to the referenced state statutes.

Idaho Emergency Vehicle Defined

Idaho state statute 49-910A(2)   defines an emergency vehicle as any vehicle use by EMS, police, or fire. The statute also extends to the vehicles used by Idaho volunteer firefighters. Furthermore, SAR wreckers, and vehicles used by the Department of Health are considered emergency vehicles in Idaho.

Idaho Police are Required to Use Blue Emergency Lights

Idaho’s state statute 49-910A(1) requires police department vehicles to use blue emergency lights. Under this state statute, no other emergency vehicle is allowed to use blue lighting.

Idaho Fire Department Vehicles and Ambulances are Permitted to Use Red Warning Lights


The same Idaho statute that defines emergency vehicles also requires ambulances and fire trucks to use red warning lights. According to the statute, firefighters and EMS can use red flashing lights or red lights with lenses or globes. Regardless of the type of red light firefighters and EMS use in Idaho, the light must be visible from the front of the unit.

Idaho Tow Trucks and Wreckers are Allowed to Use Flashing Amber Lights

Under Idaho state statute 49-910A(3), tow trucks and wreckers are permitted to use flashing amber lights, even those these vehicles aren’t defined as emergency vehicles in the state.

Pilot vehicles in Idaho are required to use an oversized load sign. An amber rotating or flashing light must be used on each side of this sign. Alternatively, a rotating or flashing amber light that can be seen for 500' can be used.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 208-884-7000

*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.

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