as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/08/2018 04:20pm
A bill for an act
relating to motor vehicles; authorizing certain tow trucks and towing vehicles to
be equipped with blue flashing lights; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections
168B.16; 169.64, subdivision 4.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 168B.16, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endA tow truck or towing vehicle must be equipped with flashing or intermittent red
and amber lights of a type approved by the commissioner of public safety. The lights must
be placed on the dome of the vehicle at the highest practicable point visible from a distance
of 500 feet. The flashing red light must be displayed only when the tow truck or towing
vehicle is engaged in emergency service on or near the traveled portion of a highway. The
flashing amber light may be displayed when the tow truck or towing vehicle is moving a
new text begin new text end
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 169.64, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) to (d), blue lights are
prohibited on all vehicles except road maintenance equipment deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end snow removal equipmentnew text beginnew text end operated by or under contract to the state or a political
(b) Authorized emergency vehicles may display flashing blue lights to the rear of the
vehicle as a warning signal in combination with other lights permitted or required by this
chapter. In addition, authorized emergency vehicles may display, mounted on the passenger
side only, flashing blue lights to the front of the vehicle as a warning signal in combination
with other lights permitted or required by this chapter.
(c) A motorcycle may display a blue light of up to one-inch diameter as part of the
motorcycle's rear brake light.
(d) A motor vehicle may display a blue light of up to one-inch diameter as part of the
vehicle's rear brake light if:
(1) the vehicle is a collector vehicle, as described in section 168.10; or
(2) the vehicle is eligible to display a collector plate under section 168.10.