I Have Seen The Light

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I Have Seen The Light

Post by powdermonkey » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:48 pm

Question : is it illegal to have blue light bulbs on a vehicle? I'm talking about headlights and sidelights as opposed to the ones that shine underneath a vehicle.

If so, can the driver be ticketed, what law is it and is it endorsable?
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by falkor » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:17 pm

the short answer is No. the long answer is

Colour of light shown by lamps and reflectors

11.—(1) No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing a red light to the front, except–

(a) a red and white chequered domed lamp, or a red and white segmented mast-mounted warning beacon, fitted to a fire service control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency;

(b) a side marker lamp or a side retro reflector;

(c) retro reflective material or a retro reflector designed primarily to reflect light to one or both sides of the vehicle and attached to or incorporated in any wheel or tyre of–
  1. a pedal cycle and any sidecar attached to it;
  2. a solo motor bicycle or a motor bicycle combination; or
  3. an invalid carriage; or
(d) a traffic sign.

(2) No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing any light to the rear, other than a red light, except–


(a) amber light from a direction indicator or side marker lamp;

(b) white light from a reversing lamp;

(c) white light from a work lamp;

(d) light to illuminate the interior of a vehicle;

(e) light from an illuminated rear registration plate;

(f) light for the purposes of illuminating a taxi meter;

(g) in the case of a bus, light for the purposes of illuminating a route indicator;

(h) blue light and white light from a chequered domed lamp fitted to a police control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency;

(i) white light from a red and white chequered domed lamp, or a red and white segmented mast-mounted warning beacon, fitted to a fire service control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency;

(j) green light and white light from a chequered domed lamp fitted to an ambulance control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency;

(k) blue light from a warning beacon or rear special warning lamp fitted to an emergency vehicle, or from any device fitted to a vehicle used for police purposes;

(l) amber light from a warning beacon fitted to–
  1. a road clearance vehicle;
  2. a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of collecting refuse;
  3. a breakdown vehicle;
  4. a vehicle having a maximum speed not exceeding 25 mph or any trailer drawn by such a vehicle;
  5. a vehicle having an overall width (including any load) exceeding 2.9 m;
  6. a vehicle used for the purposes of testing, maintaining, improving, cleansing or watering roads or for any purpose incidental to any such use;
  7. a vehicle used for the purpose of inspecting, cleansing, maintaining, adjusting, renewing or installing any apparatus which is in, on, under or over a road, or for any purpose incidental to any such use;
  8. a vehicle used for or in connection with any purpose for which it is authorised to be used on roads by an order under section 44 of the Act;
  9. a vehicle used for escort purposes when travelling at a speed not exceeding 25 mph;
  10. a vehicle used by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the purpose of testing fuels;
  11. a vehicle used for the purpose of surveying;
  12. a vehicle used for the removal or immobilisation of vehicles in exercise of a statutory power or duty;
(m) green light from a warning beacon fitted to a vehicle used by a medical practitioner registered by the General Medical Council (whether with full, provisional or limited registration);

(n) yellow light from a warning beacon fitted to a vehicle for use at airports;

(o) light of any colour from a traffic sign which is attached to a vehicle;

(p) reflected light from amber pedal retro reflectors;

(q) reflected light of any colour from retro reflective material or a retro reflector designed primarily to reflect light to one or both sides of the vehicle and attached to or incorporated in any wheel or tyre of–
  1. a pedal cycle and any sidecar attached to it;
  2. a solo motor bicycle or motor bicycle combination; or
  3. an invalid carriage;
(r) reflected light from amber retro reflective material on a road clearance vehicle;

(s) reflected light from yellow retro reflective registration plates;

(t) reflected light from yellow retro reflective material incorporated in a rear marking of a type specified in Part I Section B of Schedule 19 and fitted to–
  1. a motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight exceeding 7500 kg;
  2. a motor vehicle first used before 1st August 1982 having an unladen weight exceeding 3000 kg;
  3. a trailer having a maximum gross weight exceeding 3500 kg;
  4. a trailer manufactured before 1st August 1982 having an unladen weight exceeding 1000 kg;
  5. a trailer which forms part of a combination of vehicles one of which is of a type mentioned in a previous item of this sub-paragraph;
  6. a load carried by any vehicle; or
(u) reflected light from orange retro reflective material incorporated in a sign fitted to the rear of a vehicle carrying a dangerous substance within the meaning of the Dangerous Substances (Conveyance by Road in Road Tankers and Tank Containers) Regulations 1981(1) or the Road Traffic (Carriage of Dangerous Substances in Packages etc) Regulations 1986(2)

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by powdermonkey » Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:03 pm

So you can have blue bulbs at the front but not the rear.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by falkor » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:04 pm

to put it simply

you can have any colour at the front except red

you must have any colour at the rear as long as it is red

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by powdermonkey » Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:14 pm

I asked because I overheard a traffic cop tell a driver that his blue font sidelights were illegal. I assumed the traffic cop was correct but I later wondered and checked. Hence the question.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by falkor » Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:38 am

they would only be illegal if RED, in which case a VDRS form would be issued (Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme)

what you've got there is - both you and the traffic cop are irritated that somebody not police/ ambo/ fire is using blue lights

quite understandable to be irritated, it doesn't seem right, but in the plain light of day it's not wrong!

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Re: I Have Seen The Light

Post by powdermonkey » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:20 pm

Irritated? Not so much that as bemused as to why people do it. I guess I'm too old to think of its cool or trendy.
I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

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