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Tennessee Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

tennessee Tennessee firefighters, paramedics, and police are allowed to use emergency vehicle lights under administrative law. This law includes the definition of an emergency vehicle and extends to tow trucks, wreckers, and work trucks in the state. Understand Tennessee emergency vehicle light state statutes better by reading the information provided below. Links to formal sources are also included as a courtesy to our customers.

Tennessee Emergency Vehicles Defined by State Statute

Tennessee defines an emergency vehicle in state statute 55-8-101(3). In this statute, an emergency vehicle is defined as any car or truck driven by a designated emergency sector including police and fire. Ambulances and vehicles driven by EMS or rescue squads are also recognized emergency vehicles in Tennessee.

Tennessee Police Use Blue or Blue and Red Combo Emergency Lights

Tennessee law enforcers are permitted to use blue or blue and red combo police lights according to state statute 55-9-414(a)(1). The statute also permits law enforcement in Tennessee to use flashing white, red, or combo white/red lights.

Tennessee Fire Trucks and Ambulances Use Red or White Flashing Emergency Lights


Ambulances and fire trucks in Tennessee are permitted to use red or white flashing emergency lights under statute 55-9-402(d). The statute states fire trucks and ambulances in the state must use flashing red or flashing white lights on the front of their emergency vehicles. These vehicles are also allowed to use any combination of red/white lights.

Tow Trucks, Wreckers, and Construction Vehicles are Permitted to Use Amber or White Warning Lighting

Tennessee tow trucks, wreckers, and construction vehicles are permitted to use amber or white lighting under state statute 55-9-402(e)(1). Under this administrative law, tow trucks and work vehicles in Tennessee may use any combination of white/amber lights, or can use all amber, or all white. These utility lights can only be used when the work vehicles are completing a task. When the task is completed, work trucks in Tennessee cannot have activated utility lighting.

Tennessee Amber Lights for Pilot Vehicles

Pilot vehicles in Tennessee are required to use a rotating or strobe amber light. The light must have a horizontal placement, be seen for at least 500', and be seen at 360-degrees.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 615-741-3181

*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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