Towing Lights: Operators Need to Know Their State’s Laws

Towing Lights: Operators Need to Know Their State’s Laws

Towing Lights: Operators Need to Know Their State’s Laws

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The Albuquerque Journal published an interesting article on July 16 (2018) discussing the confusion drivers face when presented with flashing emergency lights on public roads. Writer D’Val Westphal referred to the “rainbow of flashing vehicle lights” she frequently encounters and how confusing they are. Her article acts a reminder to tow operators of the need to know their own state’s laws regarding towing lights.

Westphal explains that consumer confusion rests in a lack of knowledge. The problem is that regulations vary from state to state. What is mandated in New Mexico may not match regulations in neighboring Arizona, for example. So tow operators have to know their own state’s rules. If an operator covers areas across state lines, he or she needs to know the laws in both states.

New Mexico’s Regulations

Westphal did a little digging and found out what the law says in New Mexico. According to state law, the only vehicles allowed to display red flashing lights that are visible from the front are by police cruisers, fire trucks, ambulances, and school buses.

State law goes on to distinguish other authorized vehicles allowed to display emergency lights. They include tow trucks. However, these other authorized vehicles must use lights other than red and blue. Amber is probably the most popular alternative.

Regulations in Other States

Just to demonstrate how different state laws can be, here are a few more to consider:

  • Florida – Tow operators in Florida can use only amber lights on their trucks, and those lights can only be switched on during an active tow or another qualified emergency. Certain kinds of emergencies require permission or direction from a law enforcement agency before tow operators can activate their lights.

  • New York – Tow operators in the Empire State are required by law to display active amber lights whenever towing a vehicle. Moreover, those lights must be either rotating, flashing, or oscillating.

  • Oregon – The law in Oregon on is a bit more broad than other states. Tow trucks can be equipped with red, white, or amber lights. They must have at least one set of lights on the front or rear of the truck displaying white light in the forward direction and red light rearward. All truck lights must be visible from at least 500 feet.

  • Texas – Under Texas law, tow trucks may display flashing lights during an active tow. They are also allowed to use mounted bar lights integrated with their truck’s turn signals and brake lights. Interestingly enough, the law’s language implies that operators are not always required to utilize flashing lights.

Most states also have laws regarding temporary towing lights on disabled vehicles. In other words, the tow operator may attach a temporary light bar to the back of a vehicle being towed so as to provide both turn signals and brake lights. Such lights would display the same colors as a car: red for brake and tail lights and either red or amber for turn signals.

Permanent and Temporary Lighting

Mytee Products, a company that sells cargo control and towing equipment, explains that tow operators generally work with two kinds of lights. First are the permanent lights mounted on their trucks. These are typically light bars that display amber, blue, or white. Second are the temporary lights attached to disabled vehicles for safe towing.

Towing lights come in a variety of colors and configurations to satisfy the various state laws. It is up to tow operators to know the laws in their own states so as to purchase the correct kinds of lights.

Elmer Louise

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