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Old 1st February 2011, 18:23   #1
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Default Emergency Vehicles : Type of Warning Lights and Usage by country

Over time, I have seen many Emergency and VIP vehicles on the road; each have a different warning light code.

Got curious about how the warning type for each kind of emergency of VIP vehicle is decided so been searching around.

This article is quite consolidated; although not thorough.

Emergency vehicle lighting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In India, we have the rotating amber, red and blue beacons for VIP, Ambulances and police cars. Some even have the horizontal lightbars.

I could not find more info on the protocol for Indian vehicles.

Anyone with any relevant info, please add.
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In India, we have the rotating amber, red and blue beacons for VIP, Ambulances and police cars. Some even have the horizontal lightbars.

I could not find more info on the protocol for Indian vehicles.

Anyone with any relevant info, please add.
About beacon lights for "VIP" vehicles, it is the lal batti or red light as we know. Only the police, police officials, ministers, judges and vehicles (generally govt. vehicles of heads of departments) authorised to use a red light (I'm not sure by whom, most probably the police) can have a beacon light on top. But somehow, many hired vehicles in my dad's dept. have a red light on top, and I'm not sure if it is legal. But what really bugs me is one of these guys flashes the red light in order to bunk signals. But this isn't strange, as in my grandpa's town, policmen switch on the siren of their jeeps just to get past traffic.
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About beacon lights for "VIP" vehicles, it is the lal batti or red light as we know. Only the police, police officials, ministers, judges and vehicles (generally govt. vehicles of heads of departments) authorised to use a red light (I'm not sure by whom, most probably the police) can have a beacon light on top. But somehow, many hired vehicles in my dad's dept. have a red light on top, and I'm not sure if it is legal. But what really bugs me is one of these guys flashes the red light in order to bunk signals. But this isn't strange, as in my grandpa's town, policmen switch on the siren of their jeeps just to get past traffic.
That is my point; where can one find information on official protocol.

I've seen the red light on politician's cars and well as that of the police. Similar with the amber light.

The blue light; I have seen mostly on Ambulances and pilot cars.
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See this article for more details:

http://www.mid-day.com/news/2001/dec/18539.htm

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...ow/7226739.cms

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Thank you. Those articles were very helpful. But feel sad to see such condition of the security in India.
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So this is for Red; any idea about that for Amber and Blue?
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Red = Ministers
Amber = Police / Very Senior Govt Officials
Blue = Ambulances

No official source on this though. But got it from my dad once ( he's a retd. govt official)
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Amber is for emergency vehicles apart from Police. It is for use by Fire, Airport, certain civic amenities vehicles, Large cargo movers etc.
Red is for Ministers, Heads of state, Higher judiciary, Heads of departments and police officers of the rank of DCP's and above within their districts.
Blue is for police vehicles, lower judiciary and other officials authorised the use of beacon within their jurisdiction.
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