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  • DWTK - Flashing safety lights

    Is it illegal to drive/ride around with flashing lights going, like on the mine vehicles?

  • #2
    I know it's only legal to run an amber light, no other colours.

    And I remember reading a long list somewhere of authorised vehicles, which leads me to think that you'd have to fit into one of the applicable categories.

    I'll have a search, see if I can find anything.
    For LAMS information and resources - http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...thread-156358/
    For LAMS discussion and to ask questions - http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...thread-143289/

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    • #3
      I was told when i was contracting to John Holland doing work in the middle of the freeway that i was allowed to turn them on before i slowed down to leave the freeway and must turn them off after i had gotten back on and up to speed. Other than that it wasnt allowed. dunno if it is illegal though.

      why?

      Shaun

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      • #4
        Found the NSW regs, I would think they would be fairly similar here:

        http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registrati...s_nov_2007.pdf
        For LAMS information and resources - http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...thread-156358/
        For LAMS discussion and to ask questions - http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...thread-143289/

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        • #5
          ROAD TRAFFIC CODE 2000 - REG 193 Restriction on flashing warning lights

          Restriction on flashing warning lights

          193 . Restriction on flashing warning lights

          Subject to these regulations (and in particular regulations 188 and 289), the use, on a vehicle, of a light displaying intermittent flashes is prohibited.

          Modified penalty: 1 PU
          ROAD TRAFFIC CODE 2000 - REG 289 Exemption for certain vehicles displaying flashing warning lights

          Exemption for certain vehicles displaying flashing warning lights

          289 . Exemption for certain vehicles displaying flashing warning lights

          (1) Regulation 193 (prohibiting the use, on a vehicle, of a light displaying intermittent flashes) does not extend to —
          (a) the use of a light displaying intermittent flashes of a colour or colours approved by the Director General, upon —

          (i) a vehicle when conveying a police officer on official duty or when that vehicle is stationary at any place connected with the official duty;

          (ii) any other type of vehicle approved by the Director General and used in conformity with any conditions that may be imposed by the Director General;
          (b) the use, of a light displaying intermittent red flashes (or flashes of another colour or colours approved by the Director General), upon an emergency vehicle;

          (c) the use of a light displaying intermittent yellow flashes (or flashes of another colour or colours approved by the Director General), upon —

          (i) an emergency vehicle, or a vehicle conveying a person who is authorised by the Director General under section 49 of the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 ;

          (ii) a special purpose vehicle occupying a hazardous position on a road, while stationary or manoeuvring at a speed not exceeding 20 km/h;

          (iii) a vehicle engaged in road construction or road maintenance as described in the Vehicle Standards;

          (iv) a pilot or escort vehicle travelling in front of or behind a vehicle or convoy of vehicles that exceed the maximum height, width, length or mass limitations under the Vehicle Standards while that vehicle, or those vehicles, are subject to a permit issued under those regulations;


          (iva) a vehicle or vehicle combination that exceeds the maximum height, width, length or mass limitations under the Vehicle Standards while that vehicle, or that combination, is subject to a permit issued under those regulations, requiring those lights;

          (v) a pilot or escort vehicle travelling in front of or behind an agricultural machine, a towed agricultural implement, or a convoy of such vehicles;

          (va) an agricultural machine that is required or permitted by the Vehicle Standards to be fitted with such a light;

          (vb) a towed agricultural implement or a vehicle towing an agricultural implement, that is required or permitted by the Vehicle Standards to be fitted with such a light;

          (vi) a vehicle operated by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, being used for official duties in King’s Park (being all that land from time to time known as Reserve No. 1720, classified as of Class A);

          (vii) a vehicle that is being used to drive stock along or across a road, where the flashing lights comply with the equipment described in the Vehicle Standards;

          (viii) a fire control vehicle (other than that of a fire brigade) which is used to control or extinguish fires (when that vehicle does not conform to the Vehicle Standards in relation to lighting equipment), if the signalling devices comply with the equipment described in those regulations and the vehicle is travelling to or from a fire or a fire control exercise; and

          (ix) a motor vehicle that is used solely or principally for the carriage of children to and from school, equipped to carry more than 8 adult persons (including the driver), when in the process of picking up or setting down school children;
          (d) the use, upon a taxi, for the purpose of indicating that the driver is under attack or otherwise in distress, of flashing white lights fitted within the illuminated sign of the taxi; or

          (e) the use, upon a bicycle, of a flashing light, in compliance with the Vehicle Standards or if permitted by regulation 224 of these regulations.
          (2) This regulation does not prohibit the use of flashing signalling devices —

          (a) in accordance with Part 5 or Part 13, Division 1;

          (ab) that are a part of an alarm system; or

          (b) on military vehicles operated by the Defence Forces of the Commonwealth.
          (3) In this regulation "agricultural machine" and "agricultural implement" have the same meanings as they have in the Vehicle Standards.

          [Regulation 289 amended in Gazette 1 December 2000 pp.6756-7; 1 Nov 2002 p. 5398.]
          Last edited by mark_r; 16-12-2007, 10:27 AM.

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          • #6
            I couldn't find anything in the regs that says they compel you to do anything at all.

            Unlike red & blue for emergency vehicles, (Ambulance, Police, water fairies, some Western Power vehicles).

            The amber lights are just a warning that there's a hazard.

            Anyone got anything other than that???

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ken Oath View Post
              The amber lights are just a warning that there's a hazard.

              Anyone got anything other than that???
              Regulation 289 of Road Traffic Code 2000, Section 1 C as quoted above.

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              • #8
                Shame.
                Louder exhaust it is then.

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                • #9
                  (d) the use, upon a taxi, for the purpose of indicating that the driver is under attack or otherwise in distress, of flashing white lights fitted within the illuminated sign of the taxi

                  Note to self: If I ever see a taxi driver flashing yellow lights, they're under attack
                  Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tenchi View Post
                    (d) the use, upon a taxi, for the purpose of indicating that the driver is under attack or otherwise in distress, of flashing white lights fitted within the illuminated sign of the taxi

                    Note to self: If I ever see a taxi driver flashing yellow lights, they're under attack
                    You mean white lights?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tenchi View Post
                      they're under attack
                      Or they are tangled in their rug.

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                      • #12
                        If you ever see a taxi driver, stay away regardless.
                        They should be made to carry flashing lights warning other road users of their presence.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mark_rattigan View Post
                          Regulation 289 of Road Traffic Code 2000, Section 1 C as quoted above.
                          Yeah, but....

                          But what is a driver compelled to do when seeing a vehicle with flashing yellow lights????

                          I might be wrong, but my reading of that section is that it details who is authorised to use flashing yellow lights.

                          What I'm trying to say, is if an emergency vehicle with flashing red/blue lights approaches, we're supposed to give it clear access, like get out of it's way.

                          But if you see a tow truck with flashing yellow light?????

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Desmogod View Post
                            Or they are tangled in their rug.
                            They're being attacked by their rug?
                            Dual sport riders do it in the dirt

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ken Oath View Post
                              Yeah, but....

                              But what is a driver compelled to do when seeing a vehicle with flashing yellow lights????

                              I might be wrong, but my reading of that section is that it details who is authorised to use flashing yellow lights.

                              What I'm trying to say, is if an emergency vehicle with flashing red/blue lights approaches, we're supposed to give it clear access, like get out of it's way.

                              But if you see a tow truck with flashing yellow light?????
                              I'd say there is another list of people approved by the "Director General" (ie written in the Government Gazette) who are authorised to direct traffic. I know obviously that you have to follow directions of emergency services personnel, and Pilot Vehicle drivers are authorised to direct traffic.

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