Join Date: May 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
MCCR now has a forum where a member of the TMU is answering questions, a question was posed about blue neons, washer lights etc. This is what he had to say:
There has been a lot of confusion in regard to the various colour neons, washer LED's etc in regard to what is and isn't allowed. This has come about because there are several rules and guidelines that effect them. Reports have been submitted to both the Police Policy section and Vic Roads to order to clarify it a bit better.
The Road Safety (Vehicles)(Vehicle Standards) Regulations 1999 S.R. No 54/99 Division 19 Section 118(2) states;
A vehicle may be fitted with any other light or reflector, except (unless sub-clause (3) applies) -
(a) a light that flashes; or
(b) a light or reflector that -
(i)shows a red light to the front; or
(ii)shows a white light to the rear; or
(iii)is shaped or located in a way that reduces the effectiveness of a light or reflector that is required to be fitted to the vehicle under the Vehicle Standards.
Although that says other lights can be fitted provided the above conditions are met the Vic Roads Technical Guide for Vehicles states;
Vehicle Standards Information 10: Installation of lights on Road Vehicles
Motor vehicles and trailers intended for use on the road must be fitted with lamps that comply with the Standards for Registration which for vehicles built on or after 1 October 1991 are the ADRs. The standards also prohibit a vehicle from being fitted with a lamp or reflector that is not required or permitted by the standards.
Road Rules - Victoria state
A driver must not use, or allow to be used, any light fitted to or in the driver's vehicle to dazzle, or in in a way that is likely to dazzle, another road user.
Definition of dazzle
1.v.t. confuse sight by excess of sight , intricate motion, etc, confound or surprise by brilliant display or prospect.
2.n. bright confusing light
I will let you draw your own conclusions from all of that. Hopefully they will clarify it soon so there will be no confusion with you being told different things out on the road. My own opinion is no they are not allowed. As far as I know there is no court ruling on it yet.
Also further down he answers there are *NO* reserved colours for Emergency vehicles.
In my opinion at least, blue washer lights do not dazzle anymore. There are more blue washer LED's out there than crazy commodore drivers. What do you guys think?