First responders and utility truck drivers in Minnesota may be able to use emergency vehicle lights, if there vehicle and jurisdiction falls under state statutes. To make it easy for our Michigan customers to buy the right warning lights and accessories, we have gathered state statutes and links to formal sources.
Minnesota Emergency Vehicles Defined
Minnesota state statute 169.011 defines an emergency vehicle as a vehicle driven by law enforcement, fire, or EMS. The statute allows for privately or publicly owned vehicles to use emergency lighting, and also extends to volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency response teams.
Minnesota EMS, Law Enforcement, and Fire Trucks can use Red Flashing Warning Lights
Minnesota EMS, law enforcement, and fire trucks are permitted to use red flashing warning lights under the state’s statute 169.17169.64. This statute allows these first responder vehicles to use a rear facing, or passenger side front facing blue light.
Construction and Hazard Vehicles Can Use Amber Flashing Lights in Minnesota
Under the state statute listed above, Minnesota construction and hazard vehicles are permitted to use amber flashing lights. However, this state statute does not require this type of utility vehicle to use amber lighting, which means drivers have the option to use amber lights or forgo them.
Minnesota Wreckers Must Use Red/Amber Warning Lighting
While construction and hazard vehicles are not required, but allowed, to use amber lights, wreckers are required to use flashing/intermittent red/amber warning lights. The statute also requires these lights to be visible for at least 500 feet, and require the lighting to be installed on the dome of a vehicle.
Minnesota has Strict Pilot Vehicle Lighting Requirements
Pilot vehicles in Minnesota are required to use a single or dual amber light. The warning device must be mounted above or at the sides of required signage and must be at least 5' above the surface of the road. It is also necessary for the light to flash at a rate of 60 to 90 flashes per minute. If the escort vehicle is operating at nighttime, using the lights is required by law.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 651-201-7100
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.