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169.58 IDENTIFICATION LAMPS.
    Subdivision 1. Wide or long vehicle. Any vehicle or combination of vehicles having a width
including load thereon at any part in excess of 80 inches or which exceeds 30 feet in overall length
may be equipped with identification lamps on the front displaying three amber or white lights and
identification lamps on the rear displaying three red lights, and when so equipped the lights in
each such group shall be evenly spaced not less than 6 nor more than 12 inches apart, along a
horizontal line as near to the top of the vehicle as practicable, and these lights shall be visible
from a distance of 500 feet to the front and rear, respectively, of the vehicle.
    Subd. 2. Red lamp; permit for volunteer emergency responders. Upon obtaining a permit
from the commissioner of public safety, any motor vehicles operated by an active member of a
volunteer fire department authorized by or contracting with any city, town, or township in this
state, an emergency medical first responder, or an ambulance crew member may be equipped with
a lamp emitting a red light to the front of such vehicle. The lens of such lamp shall be not more
than three inches in diameter. Such lamp shall be lighted only when the member of the volunteer
fire department, ambulance crew member, or emergency medical first responder is responding
to an emergency call in connection with duties as a volunteer firefighter, ambulance crew
member, or responder. The commissioner of public safety is hereby authorized to issue permits
on applications of a member of a volunteer fire department properly certified to by the chief of
said volunteer fire department, and on applications for emergency medical first responders or
ambulance crew members. The commissioner of public safety must be notified immediately upon
the termination of membership in a volunteer fire department or when an ambulance or permitted
emergency medical first responder ceases operations.
    Subd. 3. Volunteer ambulance driver. The commissioner of public safety, upon application
therefor, may issue a permit to any certificated volunteer ambulance driver authorizing the
driver to equip any privately owned motor vehicle operated by the driver with a lamp emitting
a red light to the front of the vehicle. The lamps shall conform to specifications adopted by the
commissioner. The lamp shall be lighted only when the driver is proceeding to the location of an
ambulance in response to an emergency call. The application shall be in the form prescribed by
the commissioner and shall contain verification satisfactory to the commissioner of the applicant's
status as a certificated volunteer ambulance driver. Any permit issued shall expire immediately
upon termination of the permittee's employment as a volunteer ambulance driver.
    Subd. 4. Lighted sign on vehicle. A vehicle engaged in deliveries to residences may display
a lighting device mounted on the vehicle, which may project a red light to the front if the sign
projects one or more additional colors to the front.
History: (2720-244) 1937 c 464 s 94; 1945 c 207 s 4; 1949 c 349; 1971 c 491 s 17; 1973 c
123 art 5 s 7; 1977 c 429 s 63; 1980 c 404 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1991 c 112 s 2; 1999 c 238 art 2 s
22,93; 2000 c 479 art 1 s 12