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Massachusetts Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

massachusettsIn Massachusetts, only certain vehicles are allowed to use lights and sirens under state statutes. These state statutes also dictate what color emergency lighting can be used by different sectors and in some cases where these lights can be installed and when they can be used. To make buying LED warning lights easy for Massachusetts customers, we have gathered the state’s statutes pertaining to emergency equipment with links to formal sources.

Massachusetts Emergency Vehicles Defined by State Statute 89-7C

Under Massachusetts state statute 89-7C, fire, police, ambulance, or disaster vehicles are considered emergency vehicles. The vehicles used by volunteer firefighters and fire chiefs are also considered emergency vehicles when they are being driven to an urgent call.

Massachusetts Police and Ambulances Use Red Oscillating, Flashing, and Rotating Emergency Lights

Massachusetts state statute 90-7E permits police and ambulances in this state to use red oscillating, flashing, and rotating warning lights. According to this state law, police can use any LED red light that oscillates, flashes, or rotates. However, red lights that rotate in opposite directions are not permitted.

massachusets-state-flagMassachusetts Fire Trucks are Permitted to Use Red/Blue Warning Lights

Under the same statute that governs the use of red lights for police and ambulances in Massachusetts extends to fire trucks as well. Fire trucks in Massachusetts are permitted to use red/blue warning lights. Like ambulances, the red and blue lights used on fire trucks may be rotating, oscillating, or flashing. The statute also allows the chief and volunteer firefighters to use emergency lighting on their privately owned vehicles (POVs), but this type of lighting may only be used on private vehicles when the chief or volunteers are on their way to a call.

Massachusetts Pilot Vehicles Must Use Amber Lighting

Massachusetts requires pilot vehicles to use two amber warning lights. The lights must be visible from the front and rear of the vehicle at all times during the route.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 508-820-2300

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


Disclaimer: The emergency vehicle light state statute guide was created by Extreme Tactical Dynamics as a guide and reference. We make no claim to the accuracy or validity of this guide. This guide was written to the best of our knowledge and has been provided to our customers as a courtesy ONLY! The information in this guide is our interpretation of the law as we have read it. We cannot be held responsible for any errors as this is only our interpretation of the law and the laws are constantly changing. We cannot be held liable or responsible for any errors and recommend that our customers refer to their local authorities to confirm the particular statue that governs their use of emergency vehicle lights.

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