When may I legally add red flashing lights and a siren to my vehicle?


I hope really you can help me!

Is it legal to equip your vehicle with red flashing lights and siren if you have a First Aid Level 3 for emergency used?


No, the vehicle must be registered as a medical response vehicle. You would need to apply to the MEC for that but if you are not employed by an authority or company that provides such services it is unlikely that you will get such a registration.



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4 thoughts on “When may I legally add red flashing lights and a siren to my vehicle?

  • February 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi there
    And if you are a member of a Community Policing Forum of the SAPS and are the Community First Responder? Can you then register your vehicle as a emergency response vehicle?

  • December 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hello there,

    Reguarding the red sirens lights on a private vehicle. I am registered as a BAA(Basic Ambulance Assistant) I would like to know if i can put on the lights on my private vehicle to make myself more visible when responding to a MVA or any other medical emergency since i have a fully equipped BLS jump bag. Reason being since i am a Rescuer i should make sure the scene is safe before trying to help or aid in a medical emergency.

    Thank You

  • January 19, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Hi There
    Ive been reading the forms of all the lights and sirens, everything tells you the do`s and don`t but how do you actually apply and to who do we apply to? Can it be done on line?


  • January 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Johan, I am chair of a Germiston CPF….. according to the Constitution of CPF’s as laid out by SAPS and the Gauteng Provincial Community Policing Board… CPF vehicles are NOT response vehicles. We are merely the ears and eyes of the SAPS.

    I would like to know if it would be possible to use white or green lights whilst patrolling (not responding). Green lights were historically used for the defence force, but that act has been repealled and the Disaster Management act has replaced it. This new act makes no provisions for green lights. Even based on the Civil Protection Act (which has also been repealled) makes provision for white lights. CPF’s are technically ‘civil protection’.

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