Blue is now the colour for emergency motors

CIVIL Protection service vehicles, along with ambulances and fire engines, will now have flashing blue lights rather than orange ones in Spain, including the Canary Islands, according to the Government.

Until now, police cars alone featured blue, emergency lights, while all other “priority” vehicles had orange ones. These included slow-moving cars, vans and lorries, wide loads, and those needed to block the carriageway to carry out a vital public service.

This has always led to confusion among other road-users, as they were never been sure which vehicles they were allowed to pass.

While drivers pull on to hard-shoulders, and even pavements, to let ambulances and fire-engines pass, they would not need to do so for a maintenance vehicle.

This will bring Spain in line with other EU countries, which is particularly important in France and Portugal, where Spanish vehicles have to attend to emergency services in border areas.

As well as the change in the lights, from orange to blue, registration plates on commercial vehicles will now be different.

They will be yellow for those which could produce an obstruction, and blue for emergency and priority vehicles.

Also, taxi drivers will have blue registration plates with white characters on the back, and white ones with black characters on the front.

Taxi-owners have a year to change their plates, to comply with the law. The idea is for customers to be able to tell, immediately, whether the cab they are hailing is legitimate.




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