Adding Flashing Blue and Amber Lights to Municipal Equipment

Res #: 20-19M
Number: 20
Year: 2019
Midterm: Yes
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

WHEREAS rural municipalities maintain municipal roads which requires operating graders, mowers, and other large equipment, and requires working at slow speeds and taking up much of the road;

WHEREAS current laws allow for road construction equipment to have flashing amber lights which require drivers to exercise caution when passing;

WHEREAS amber lights can be difficult to see at certain times of the day and on some equipment, and some drivers do not exercise caution when meeting road construction equipment and pass recklessly;

WHEREAS tow trucks in Saskatchewan have flashing blue and amber lights which require drivers to slow down to 60 km/hr when passing;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to amend the current laws to add flashing blue and amber lights to road construction equipment to make the roads safer.

Responses From: The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure

January 6, 2020

Although the resolution was directed to MHI, vehicle lighting is regulated through The Traffic Safety Act, which is administered by SGI. By copy of this letter, I am informing my colleague, the Honourable Joe Hargrave, Minister responsible for SGI. I trust you will hear from Minister Hargrave in the near future.

Greg Ottenbreit – Minister of Highways and Infrastructure