SAPS warn about blue lights

2016-11-24 06:02
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THE use of blue lights by unauthorised vehicles is against the law.

Police have indicated that hijackers are using these lights pretending to be law officials, SAPS or law enforcement and warn the public to be on the look-out for suspicious vehicles, especially unmarked vehicles with blue lights.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said they pose as police officials and force drivers to stop, using an blue light, which is sometimes fitted on the dashboard. They then hijack the person as soon as the vehicle stops.

“If a driver suspects this is the case, they should go to the nearest public place where there are people and it is safe. If it is the police, they will follow and question you there,” said Wiid.

She said it is illegal for any citizen, who does not have the propery authority, to have their vehicle fitted with blue lights.

“The same applies to other lights of other colours such as red and amber. The SAPS, law enforcement and RTi will be on the look-out for these vehicles and the owners and drivers will be charged accordingly.”

According to the use of identification lights Regulation 176 and Regulation 185 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 states:

A blue light may only be fitted on vehicles operated by members of the SAPS, municipal police services, traffic­ officers and SANDF Military Police­.

Red lights apply to ambulances, fire-fighting or rescue vehicles.

Green lights apply to disaster management vehicles.

White lights apply to vehicles owned by registered security service providers and driven by a security officer. Amber lights can be used on vehicles in connection with the maintenance of public roads, distribution and supply of electricity, and supply of essential public services.

In terms of Section 81 of the Act, granted by the MEC, breakdown vehicles, refuse compactor vehicles, abnormal load and vehicles escorting them can also use amber lights.

Orange lights (flashing) may only be used where a breakdown has occurred, for maintenance, when an inspection is being carried out or when towing.

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