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Chapter 570-11 FLASHING AND REVOLVING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES

Rule 570-11-.01 Purpose

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.

Rule 570-11-.02 Definitions

(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:
(a) Completed Application Form DPS-41;
(b) Notarized Statement of Use, detailing the time, location, manner and justification for use;
(c) Statement of type(s) of emergency use requiring flashing or revolving red light;
(d) Required fee; and
(e) Certificate evidencing completion of a "Due Regard Training Program" approved by the Department.
(3) The following groups of applicants must also meet the following additional criteria prior to emergency vehicle designation.
(a) Emergency Management Vehicles.
1. Submit an Emergency Light Certification from the Emergency Management Division, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, State of Georgia.
2. Submit proof an applicant is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
(b) Volunteer Firefighter.
1. The notarized statement of use shall include an affidavit as to the applicant's active membership in a bona fide Volunteer Fire Department.
2. The application shall be signed by the County Commission Chairperson, Mayor, City Manager, County Fire Marshal or Fire Chief.
3. Submit proof an applicant is at least eighteen (18) years of age.

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:
(a) Completed Application Form DPS-41;
(b) Notarized Statement of Use, detailing the time, location, manner and justification for use;
(c) Statement of type(s) of use requiring flashing or revolving amber light;
(d) Required fee; and
(e) Private Security Companies/Agencies/Detectives must also submit a copy of the State License issued by the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies.

Rule 570-11-.05 Application; Statement of Use

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.

Rule 570-11-.06 Fees

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.

Rule 570-11-.07 Expiration and Renewal of Permits and Designations

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.

Rule 570-11-.08 Revocation

(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 limited to:
(a) Improper use.
(b) Failure to remove decal upon change of use or ownership.
(c) Falsified, inaccurate, or improper application.
(d) Use of flashing or revolving lights when not involved in emergency operations.
(e) Any violation of law or unsafe conduct with respect to a flashing or revolving light.
(f) Use of emergency lights for purpose other than stated on application and statement of use.

Rule 570-11-.09 Change of Use or Ownership

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.

Rule 570-11-.10 Refusals to Grant Permits and Designations

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.

Rule 570-11-.11 Repealed

Rule 570-11-.12 Display of Permits

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.

Rule 570-11-.13 Governmental Agency, Group Permit

(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:
(a) Annually submit a list of all vehicles within its agency that use or will use flashing or revolving lights.
1. Any addition or deletion of vehicles by the agency during the year for which the permit is valid need not be submitted to the Department of Public Safety.
2. The annual listing shall include:
(i) the name of the agency
(ii) type of governmental authority
(iii) address of agency
(iv) telephone number of agency
(v) list of vehicles then using flashing or revolving amber lights
(vi) date list submitted
(vii) signature of agency officer having authority over such vehicles
(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.

Rule 570-11-.14 Repealed