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Jocko

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Blue lights on cars
« on: March 15, 2018, 07:17:36 AM »
Have you ever spotted a blue light in the distance, thought it was an emergency vehicle, only to find it was a blue headlight or some such, possibly seen through a guard rail?
This morning I was approaching a roundabout when a white car with a blue light on the roof approached from the left. My initial thought, in those first few milliseconds, was "Police car", and started to brake to allow it precedence. I then realised it was not a flashing light but a solid blue baton light with the taxi phone number on it.
As soon as I got in I telephoned 101 and reported it. Blue lights on vehicles, other than emergency vehicles, are a big no no. The number of Volvo trucks with illuminated blue advertising signs on the back wall of their cab is infuriating too, but at least they are not as bright as this example was.
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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 08:54:44 AM »
OAP rant over!

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I've been caught out with a few of those. Even the boy racers with blue LED sidelights, or light in the grills, make you look twice.

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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2018, 09:21:40 PM »
Received a phone call from a local PC about taxi. He wants to come and have a word with me. When I told him I should have video from my dash cam, he was delighted.

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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2018, 09:50:58 PM »
Have you ever spotted a blue light in the distance, thought it was an emergency vehicle, only to find it was a blue headlight or some such, possibly seen through a guard rail?
This morning I was approaching a roundabout when a white car with a blue light on the roof approached from the left. My initial thought, in those first few milliseconds, was "Police car", and started to brake to allow it precedence. I then realised it was not a flashing light but a solid blue baton light with the taxi phone number on it.
As soon as I got in I telephoned 101 and reported it. Blue lights on vehicles, other than emergency vehicles, are a big no no. The number of Volvo trucks with illuminated blue advertising signs on the back wall of their cab is infuriating too, but at least they are not as bright as this example was.
OAP rant over!

I have seen various lorries with bright signs in the back of the cab,  surely they reflect in windscreen and affect visibility.  As for blue light bulbs in non-emergency vehicle lights - should be 3 points and a fine. 
Some people will only consider you an expert if they agree with your point of view or advice,  when you give them advice they don't like they consider you an idiot

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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 09:29:36 AM »
Well done Jocko for reporting the transgressor. Far too many cars running around with one form of blue light and as Culzean says Lorries are pretty bad with blue lights in the cab.  Here a bouts it's strings of orange lights  around the front.
I know the police state they  are overworked but most of these offences ( because that's what they are)are simple to deal with. Perhaps the problem is with so many 'specialist departments' ordinary bobby feels what's the point? How often do you hear on TV specialist depts refer to uniform as 'wooden tops'.  I see many examples of very obvious offences being ignored.
I remember, many years ago when I was a probationer, I went to my Sgt and told him about a car running around done up like the old American black and white police cars, complete with blue light. He told me to go away look it up and deal with it. As a result the owner of the car was spoken too and it was suggested he removed the blue light and covered up the 'Sheriffs'  badge or he might be without his vehicle. Of course most of this was bluff but it was called in my day, 'ways and means ' act. Never used on ordinary citizens just those that pushed their luck.
I suppose nowadays everyone is, like Americans, litigation mad.

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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 02:22:36 PM »
When I had a clover green Civic, I put green led sidelights in. In the queue to pay for petrol, a copper behind me tapped my shoulder and advised me to get rid, saying that green is for a doctors car.

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Re: Blue lights on cars
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2018, 04:35:15 PM »


I often see them near me. We have Moss Morran Petrochemical plant and 6 miles down the road, Braefoot Bay tanker terminal. You often see the doctor's 4x4 running between the two sites.

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