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    Does anyone have a good document / pdf / link which clearly explains which colour sirens and lights various emergency services vehicles use? I know the basic ones but things like bomb squad vehicles and blood transfusion transportation vehicles always get me on the multiple choice.

    Thanks a lot!
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    I didn't know sirens had colours...




    But seriously, there are three colours of flashing beacons seen on vehicles on roads. A fourth colour, yellow, is used on vehicles exclusively at airports.

    They are as follows:
    BLUE
    Police
    Fire service
    Ambulance (including lone paramedics on equipped motorcycles)
    Coastguard
    Mountain rescue
    Cave rescue
    Bomb disposal (military or civilian)
    Blood transfusion service (including organ transportation)

    GREEN
    Doctor (any vehicle used by a medical practitioner registered by the General Medical Council whether with full, provisional or limited registration)

    AMBER
    Road clearance vehicle
    Refuse collection vehicle
    Breakdown vehicle
    Road maintenance vehicle (including maintenance of any apparatus in, on, under or over a road)
    Vehicles with a maximum speed of less than 25mph (including its trailer)
    Vehicles with an overall width exceeding 2.9 metres
    Escort vehicle when used below 25mph
    HMRC fuel testing vehicle
    Surveying vehicle
    Statutory immobilisation or removal vehicle


    In short, blue is used on any vehicle used for saving lives. Amber is found on any generally slow moving vehicles which may obstruct the road from time to time. Green is only used by doctors.
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    All flashing lights are blue except for doctor cars (green) and roadworks/breakdown/service vehicles (orange).

    See here
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    Also flashing amber lights are used by security companies when responding to rapid response calls (eg. Alarm calls) and are legally allowed to drive upto double the speed limit and hold the same driving power as police (eg. Drive through red traffic lights) as long as they have the advanced driving qualification
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    Also flashing amber lights are used by security companies when responding to rapid response calls (eg. Alarm calls) and are legally allowed to drive upto double the speed limit and hold the same driving power as police (eg. Drive through red traffic lights) as long as they have the advanced driving qualification
    Any evidence to back this up?
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    Also flashing amber lights are used by security companies when responding to rapid response calls (eg. Alarm calls) and are legally allowed to drive upto double the speed limit and hold the same driving power as police (eg. Drive through red traffic lights) as long as they have the advanced driving qualification
    Rubbish.

    The only shred of truth in that statement is the colour of the light.
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    My husband is a rapid response driver for a security company
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    My husband is a rapid response driver for a security company
    Bull****. Security Officers have the same powers as a cleaner or bin man. They do not have the same power as police.
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    I said driving power not they have the same powers as the police the same as mountain rescue have i didnt say powers as in arrest etc
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    I said driving power not they have the same powers as the police the same as mountain rescue have i didnt say powers as in arrest etc


    They don't bloody have the same driving powers for god sake They don't share any powers with the police.
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    http://www.ukemergency.co.uk/blue-light-use/
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    I said driving power not they have the same powers as the police the same as mountain rescue have i didnt say powers as in arrest etc
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/s...aving-services even disagrees with you.

    Nil points to you
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    (Original post by Runnerboy81)
    Also flashing amber lights are used by security companies when responding to rapid response calls (eg. Alarm calls) and are legally allowed to drive upto double the speed limit and hold the same driving power as police (eg. Drive through red traffic lights) as long as they have the advanced driving qualification
    Most of this isn't true.

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