Chapter 570-11 FLASHING AND REVOLVING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES
The purpose of these rules is to implement the requirements set forth in O.C.G.A. 40-8-92, relating to the designation of vehicles as emergency.
|(1)||"Commissioner" shall mean the Commissioner of Public Safety, of the State of Georgia.|
|(2)||"Department"--shall mean the Department of Public Safety of the State of Georgia.|
|(3)||"Designation as an Emergency Vehicle Authorized to use Flashing or Revolving Red Lights"--shall authorize the use of red flashing or revolving lights to respond to emergency situations such as accidents, fires and disasters and, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-6.|
|(4)||"Designation as a Vehicle Authorized to use Flashing or Revolving Amber Lights"--shall authorize the use of amber flashing or revolving lights as caution or warning devices to warn motorists and the general public of hazardous or emergency situations, but vehicles so designated are not authorized to use amber lights to respond to emergency situations pursuant to O.C.G.A. 40-6-6.|
|(5)||Form DPS-41 -- Application for Designation as Emergency Vehicle and Emergency Light Permit.|
|(6)||"Revocation of Emergency Vehicle Designation"--the termination by the Department of the designation as an emergency vehicle.|
Rule 570-11-.03 Designation of Emergency Vehicles Authorized to use Flashing or Revolving Red Lights
|(1)||The Department may designate a vehicle as an emergency vehicle, allowing such vehicle to operate flashing or revolving red lights by issuing a permit, when the person, firm, corporation or governmental agency shall demonstrate to the Department a proven need for equipping such vehicle with flashing or revolving red lights.|
|(2)|| The following shall be
submitted to the Department for such determination and issuance of such permit:
|(3)|| The following groups of applicants must
also meet the following additional criteria prior to emergency vehicle
Rule 570-11-.04 Designation of Emergency Vehicles Authorized to Use Flashing or Revolving Amber Lights
|(1)||The Department may authorize a vehicle to operate flashing or revolving amber warning lights by issuing a permit when the person, firm, corporation or governmental agency shall demonstrate to the Department a proven need for equipping such vehicle with flashing or revolving amber lights.|
|(2)|| The following shall be submitted to the
Department for such determination and issuance of such permit:
Applications and statements of use for designations as emergency vehicles and emergency light permits shall be submitted on forms furnished by the Department of Public Safety (DPS-41). Each form shall be completed in full, with information to include, the name and address of the applicant, and the name and address of at least one responsible person, other than the applicant, who should be contacted concerning the use or misuse of emergency lights. For the purpose of these Rules, governmental agencies applying for emergency light designations, the agency officer having authority over such vehicles shall be the "responsible person" and must sign the application. For corporations applying for emergency light designation the corporate secretary shall be the "responsible person" and must sign the application. Complete information as required by Form DPS-41 must be submitted for each vehicle on multiple vehicle applications. All applications and statements of use must be notarized.
The fees required for emergency light designation and permits shall be paid to the Department of Public Safety by cash, certified or cashier's check, or money order.
The expiration date of all permits and designations shall be on midnight of the last day of the month of the year following the issuance of such permits and designations. Permits and designations will be renewable thirty (30) days prior to expiration.
|(1)||Permits issued by the Department of Public Safety and designations as emergency vehicle may be revoked for just cause by the Department. The holder of a permit will be given ten days notice of intention to revoke. Revocation will become effective on the tenth day unless a written request for a hearing is received by the Commissioner within ten days of such notice. The hearing and procedures for revocation of permits will be in accordance with Rule 570-1-.05.|
|(2)|| Just cause for revocation of emergency
vehicle designations and flashing light permits shall include, but not be
Upon the change of use or ownership of a designated and/or permitted vehicle all designations and permits of that vehicle are cancelled, and the decal shall be removed from the windshield and returned along with the permit to the Department.
When an application for a designation as an emergency vehicle or a permit for a revolving or flashing lights is refused, written notice of such refusal shall be sent to the applicant. A person who has had an application refused shall be granted a hearing concerning the matter upon written request made to the Commissioner within ten (10) days after issuance of the notice of refusal. This hearing and all subsequent proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with Rule 570-1-.05 of the Department of Public Safety Rules and Regulations.
Upon authorization by the Department of Public Safety and the issuance of the emergency light designation and emergency light permit, it shall be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle or the presiding officer of the firm, or corporation to cause the emergency light permit to be displayed in the lower left hand corner (driver side) of the windshield. The emergency light designation must be retained in the office at the location from which the vehicle normally operates and will be made available upon request by a duly authorized law enforcement officer.
|(1)||The Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety at his discretion may issue a flashing or revolving amber light permit to a governmental agency on a group basis foregoing the requirements of Rule 570-11-.04.|
|(2)|| Applicants for a flashing or revolving
light group permit shall:
|(3)||One group permit shall be issued by the Department of Public Safety to the agency valid for one year, which shall permit the agency to use flashing or revolving amber lights on all vehicles listed, and any vehicles which the agency shall acquire during the year which require a flashing or revolving amber light.|
|(4)||The group permit shall be kept by the agency in a conspicuous place subject to public view and inspection.|
|(5)||Vehicles covered by the group permit shall not be required to display individual permits pursuant to Rule 570-11-12.|