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#1 07lrushton

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:11 PM

hi, I am going to start a funeral business soon and will need a private ambulance (to do body removals).
i will have a mercedes vito like this http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/04_01/ambulancePA_468x274.jpg
i was wondering if it would be illegat to have a purple flashing light bar or LED light on top just to make other drivers aware i am there.
i Know blue lights are illegal, and orange ones arent, but im not sure about purple ones.

Thank you for any replies, Luke

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:17 PM

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

hi, I am going to start a funeral business soon and will need a private ambulance (to do body removals).
i will have a mercedes vito like this http://img.dailymail...ePA_468x274.jpg
i was wondering if it would be illegat to have a purple flashing light bar or LED light on top just to make other drivers aware i am there.
i Know blue lights are illegal, and orange ones arent, but im not sure about purple ones.

Thank you for any replies, Luke

No.

Flashing lights are not allowed unless you qualify to use them, which you won't. http://www.legislati...ulation/13/made

you are only allowed to see red from the rear unless certain use or exemptions apply. http://www.legislati...ulation/11/made

What's wrong with just sidelights, or hazards?

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

here you are mate, its the hardest law to read ive ever come across, from memory, and ive never looked, there is no restriction on purple, just make sure it doesnt look blue

but im struggling to see that its respectful and you not exactly in a hurry

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

Purple lights are illegal as are green unless you are a GP registered with the GMC. You don't need bar lights. The hazard lights will more than suffice.

For you info amber lights can't be used either....

Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989

Reg 11 - Colour of light shown by lamps and reflectors

(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 to k - skipped for the purposes of this thread.

(l) amber light from a warning beacon fitted to–


(i) a road clearance vehicle;

(ii) a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of collecting refuse;

(iii) a breakdown vehicle;

(iv) a vehicle having a maximum speed not exceeding 25 mph or any trailer drawn by such a vehicle;

(v) a vehicle having an overall width (including any load) exceeding 2.9 m;

(vi) a vehicle used for the purposes of testing, maintaining, improving, cleansing or watering roads or for any purpose incidental to any such use;

(vii) 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;

(viii) 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;

(ix) a vehicle used for escort purposes when travelling at a speed not exceeding 25 mph;

(x) a vehicle used by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the purpose of testing fuels;

(xi) a vehicle used for the purpose of surveying;

(xii) 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;


Edited by MetPlod, 14 February 2012 - 10:47 PM.


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

sorry forgot to post link

http://www.legislati...6/contents/made

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:44 AM

I recently watched a tv series called don't drop the coffin and the undertakers had a KIA Sedona with a puple rotating light on the roof. So are they breaking any laws?


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:02 AM

I recently watched a tv series called don't drop the coffin and the undertakers had a KIA Sedona with a puple rotating light on the roof. So are they breaking any laws?


only if they turn it on, im not convinced by the you cant use purple point made above, its more an issue of showing a light other than red top the rear, if purple is red enough to count as red ? or other than a white light to the front, youl prob get away with it most of the time

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:29 AM

Sorry 07Rushton, but having torrid images flashing before me. Just supposing the purple lamps were fitted. When would they be used and not seem offensive to the clients?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 11:33 AM

I completely fail to see the purpose of the OP's question.

Funeral directors vans are normally dark coloured, unmarked with signage, with the object of being as discrete and innocuous as possible.

Have you ever wondered why?

For what reason would anyone want to make the presence of such a van known? What exactly do you want other road users to be aware of, and how do you want or expect them to react. Slow down? Give way? Why? Do you want people to get of your way thinking that you are some sort of emergency vehicle?

As to the legality - I do not wish to comment, but a couple of the replies mentioned the use of hazard warning lights, but I don't think that is permitted on a moving vehicle - how are you going to indicate right or left? very dangerous in my opinion.

This whole idea is disrespectful.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

As with other posters, I too am wondering why you would actually need flashing lights, let alone purple ones! I would certainly not be choosing your company if that was a standard feature on your vehicles and I find the whole image quite disrespectful to be honest.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:59 PM

Why do you need lights - after all there is no rush as they are already dead?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:39 PM

the light wouldnt just be used for the ambulance but also on a black car infront of the hearse and limosines to lead the procession, indicating a funeral and that we are moving slowly through the streets.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:46 PM

To be honest. a hearse, limousines and black car is pretty obvious in itself as to what is going on. If people still don't get it then a flashing purple light isn't likely to help them...

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:48 PM

It's pretty obvious when there is a funeral procession.. What makes you think that adding purple lights will make people more aware! I guess you could add a few glitter balls and loud music too... Now that would really make it stand out! Regardless of the law, it's a poor business plan and for that reason, I'm out..

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:10 PM

If funeral directors didnt need them then funeral suppliers wouldnt sell them.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:41 PM

If funeral directors didnt need them then funeral suppliers wouldnt sell them.


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There's a sucker born every minute.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:00 PM

If funeral directors didnt need them then funeral suppliers wouldnt sell them.


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:21 PM

Sounds like a new programme format. ''My Big Fat Chavy Funeral''

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:31 PM

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