Amber lights on tow trucks - Peter C
What is the law on these? I thought the vehicle had to be stationary to use them but i am often very distracted by tow trucks including AA towing on the motorway with the lights flashing for no good reason that I can see. THey are moving at least as fast as a caravan so why the need to have them flashing. When stationary obviously they are useful. Is it jsut part of the fashion to light up you vehicle along with the fog lamp users?


Amber lights on tow trucks - Dwight Van Driver
Road Vehicles Lighting Regs, 1989, Reg 27

Permitted use of orange warning beacons:

(i) at the scene of an emergency;

(ii) when it is necessary or desirable to warn persons of the presence of the vehicle; and

(iii) in the case of a breakdown vehicle, while it is being used in connection with, and in the immediate vicinity of, an accident or breakdown, or while it is being used to draw a broken-down vehicle.

Slightly connected and as it is a free information day:

With Hazard flashers (indicators) use permitted on a road to:

warn of temporary obstruction WHILST VEHICLE AT REST only,

but on a Motorway or Dual carriageway can be used on the move to slow down following traffic because of obstruction ahead.

or in the case of a bus to summons assistance for the Driver, Conductor or Inspector

Amber lights on tow trucks - spikeyhead {p}
I was once in a taxi when a driver asked me the same question.

I replied that it was for the same reason that a canine licks it testicles, ie because it can.

He laughed so hard he nearly crashed.
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Amber lights on tow trucks - PhilW
Strangely enough, I asked the same question on another recent thread. My question having been prompted by being overtaken by an "orange flasher" in the outside lane on the M1 at about 80mph.
Amber lights on tow trucks - Rob the Bus {P}
I can well understand why a recovery vehicle towing another broken down vehicle should display flashing beacons, but why does a flatbed truck need then when it has a vehicle on the back? Or indeed (like I saw today) when an AA truck has a scooter strapped to the back?

Surely in the above instances, there is no actual change to the size or length of the recovery vehicle, so why the need to warn us?



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