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Bill To Authorize Tow Truck Lights & Increase Safety

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HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill that would better protect tow truck operators by authorizing the use of emergency lights to increase other drivers’ visibility. House Bill 1414 would authorize flashing yellow and white lights on tow trucks, yellow strobe lights for solid waste collection vehicles, and mounted internal blue lights for volunteer firefighters. Lights are only to be used when towing a vehicle behind the tow truck, rather than being securely positioned on the flatbed. The emergency lights cannot be used when brake lights, turn signals, and operating lights are visible from the rear and not obstructed. The bill also authorizes solid waste collection vehicles across the Commonwealth to use a bright yellow strobe, visible from all directions, and would require that the strobe be active when stopped on a street and while collecting garbage, recyclables, and refuse while moving between stops at a speed not greater than 10 miles an hour. Lastly, the legislation would also permit emergency lights and sirens on the vehicles of armed probation officers in a city of the first class. The bill now returns to the state House for a concurrence vote.

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