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Virginia Emergency Vehicle Light State Statutes

virginia-state-flagIn Virginia, several types of vehicles are permitted to use emergency lights. Whether a vehicle qualifies to use warning lights and sirens depends on the state’s statutes. Here, we have gathered Virginia emergency vehicle light state statute information and added links to more formal sources.

Virginia Emergency Vehicles Defined

Unlike most states, Virginia does not have a specific statute that defines emergency vehicles in its borders. As a general rule, vehicles driven by police and fire departments are emergency vehicles. Some other vehicles including ambulances, tow trucks, caution vehicles, wreckers, and construction vehicles are also permitted to use lights in Virginia.

Virginia Police Use Red or Combo Red/White Lights

Virginia police are permitted to use red or combo red/white lights under state statute 46-2-1022. The statute requires that Virginia police’s red lights alternate, blink, or flash.

Virginia Fire Trucks and Ambulances Use Red or White/Red Warning Lights


Fire trucks and ambulances in Virginia are allowed to use either all red warning lights or a combination of red/white lights under statute 46-2-1023. Under this Virginia administrative code the permission to use red or red and white lights is also extended to volunteer firefighters and volunteer EMS teams.

Virginia Hazard Vehicles, Wreckers, and Construction Vehicles can use Purple, Green, or Amber Lighting

Virginia state statute 46-2-1025  allows hazard vehicles, wreckers, and construction vehicles permission to use purple, green, or amber warning lights.

For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 804-674-2000

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

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