Originally Posted by Scawgeen
I think you may be refering to the blue beacons on Garda cars and Ambulances which might be illegal on ordinary citizens vehicles.
No, I know that they are specificly reserved for emergency vehicles. I am referring to amber flashing beacons.
Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations 1963
42. No lamp (other than direction indicators) fitted to a vehicle shall show or be constructed or adapted so as to be capable of showing a flashing light
unless such light is invisible to persons outside the vehicle.
(18) (a) The requirements of Parts II and VI of these Regulations shall not apply to a lamp which is carried on an ambulance
, a fire brigade
vehicle or a vehicle being used by a member of the Garda Síochána
in the performance of his duties as such member and which complies with the provisions of this sub-article.
(b) (i) The lamp shall where possible be fitted on the roof of the vehicle on a point on its longitudinal axis.
(ii) No part of the illuminated surface of the lamp shall be less than 5 feet from the ground.
(iii) The power of the lamp shall not exceed 50 watts.
(iv) The area of the orthogonal projection on to any vertical plane of that part of the lamp through which light is shown shall be capable of lying wholly within a square having sides of 9 inches in length.
(v) The light shown by the lamp shall be blue.
In 1979,under the Road Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) (Ammendment) Regulations 1979
this was amended to include amber
flashing lights on recovery vehicles, road works vehicles, snow ploughs, hedge cutters and road maintenance vehicles
The 1979 ammendment made no mention of agricultural vehicles and I don’t know whether there has been any amendment since. It still appears to be illegal to drive a tractor in a public place with an amber flashing beacon and in the interests of safety, this would need to be rectified.