OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5406

AN ACT PERMITTING PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL TO USE BLUE LIGHTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill changes, from green to blue, the color of the light that active members of a volunteer ambulance association or company may use on a vehicle they operate on the way to or at an emergency scene requiring their services. Others who may use blue lights, including flashing blue lights, under current law and in similar circumstances, are active members of a volunteer fire department or company or an organized civil preparedness auxiliary fire company.

The bill reduces the number of colored lights authorized for public safety vehicle use by eliminating green lights, which are currently authorized only for members of a volunteer ambulance association or company.

As is currently the case for green light users, blue light users must, by law, get a permit from the chief executive officer of the pertinent department, company, or association. The chief executive officer must keep on file, on forms provided by the motor vehicles commissioner, the names and addresses of members authorized to use flashing lights, and the documentation must designate the registration number of the motor vehicle authorized to use such lights.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

23

Nay

2

(03/15/2016)