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CS/HB 463 — Lights Displayed on Fire Department Vehicles

by Transportation & Modals Subcommittee and Reps. Bartleman, Melo, and others (SB 1158 by Senators Bradley, Trumbull, and Perry)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Transportation Committee (TR)

The bill allows government-owned fire department vehicles, excluding vehicles of a fire patrol or volunteer fire departments, to display blue lights, in addition to red or red and white lights, as long as the vehicles meet the following criteria:

  • Have a gross weight of 24,000 pounds or more;
  • Are authorized in writing by the fire chief of the governmental agency; and
  • Show or display the blue lights only on the rear of the government-owned fire department vehicle.

If approved by the Governor, or allowed to become law without the Governor’s signature, these provisions take effect July 1, 2024.

Vote: Senate 40-0; House 118-0