North Carolina first responders and those that use warning lights as part of their job need to be aware of the state’s emergency vehicle light state statutes. To help our customers choose the appropriate lights and accessories for their careers, we have gathered North Carolina emergency vehicle light state statutes here. We have also included links to formal sources for more detailed information about each of the statutes mentioned.
North Carolina Emergency Vehicle Definition
In North Carolina, certain vehicles can use warning lights, if they meet the requirements of state statute 20-130-1(b). This statute defines police vehicles, ambulances, fire department vehicles, organ transport vehicles, volunteer firefighter vehicles and medics, and certain vehicles belonging to rural communities and municipalities as emergency vehicles. The definition of an emergency vehicle in North Carolina also extends to anesthesiologists and medical doctors who are on their way to emergency calls.
North Carolina Police Use Red and Blue Lights
The same statute that defines emergency vehicles in North Carolina also allows police to use red and blue cop lights in North Carolina. The statute clearly states that North Carolina police must use forward facing blue and red lights.
North Carolina Fire Trucks and Ambulances May Use Flashing Red Lights
The statute already mentioned above also applies to North Carolina fire trucks and ambulances. According to state administrative code, fire trucks and ambulances in the southern state may use flashing red lighting.
North Carolina Tow Trucks, Wreckers, and Utility Vehicles Can Use Amber Lighting
North Carolina tow trucks, wreckers, and utility vehicles may be allowed to use amber lighting, if their vehicle meets the requirements in state statute 20-132-2. If a vehicle meets these state requirements, the amber lights must be mounted in a fashion that makes it visible for 500 feet. This statute extends to road crew trucks, Department of Transportation vehicles, and vehicles used by public utility companies.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 919-733-7952
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.