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New York Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

new-york New York state statutes allow some vehicles to use emergency warning lights, if the vehicle is meets certain requirements. This state’s statutes also determine what color lights emergency vehicles can use and designate different colors for different sectors. To help our customers in New York choose the right light bars, dash lights, or visor lights for their career, we have gathered New York emergency vehicle light state statutes below.

New York Emergency Vehicle Defined

New York state statute VAT-1-101 designates emergency vehicles as ambulances, police vehicles, fire department vehicles, blood delivery vehicles, civil defense vehicles, environmental services vehicles, sanitation patrol vehicles, county emergency medical vehicles, hazmat vehicles, or any vehicle used under a United States ordinance.

New York Police Can Use Red, White, and Blue Emergency Lights

New York police are allowed to use white and red emergency lights under state statute VAT-375.41.2. In addition to white and red lights, this statute allows police in New York to use blue lights. The statute states that NY police may use one or more blue lights, combination red, white, and blue lights, or combination red and blue. A blue/blue combination light may also be used, but may only be used in the rear, such as LED deck lighting.

New York Fire Trucks and Ambulances are Permitted to Use White and Red Warning Lights

new-york-state-flagaThe same statute that covers police lighting in New York allows fire trucks and ambulances in the state to use white and red warning lights. Unlike police vehicles, New York fire trucks and ambulances are not allowed to use blue lighting.

Caution, Warning, and Utility Vehicles in New York are Allowed to Use Amber Lighting

New York caution, warning, and utility vehicles in New York are allowed to use amber lighting under state statute VAT 375-41-3.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 518-457-5330

*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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