THE VISUAL SAFETY OF AMBULANCES. A REPORTER ON N.S. W. AMBULANCES AND THE RELATION OF COLOUR SCHEME, WARNING LIGHTS AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO THE SAFETY OF AMBULANCES IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR TASK

The presence of an ambulance to road users in its vicinity is communicated primarily by the visual channel. The problem is treated by first an analysis of every pertinent aspect of the visual presentation of current N.S.W. Ambulance Service ambulances, followed by a discussion whereby the criteria may be met to the improving of the visual safety of ambulances and a consequent expediting of their task. It is felt that a highly appropriate colour scheme would consist of a general body colour of bright yellow, equal to either Munsell 5Y9/14 of Munsell 7.5Y9/10 with a band of fluorescent neon red or hot pink around the upper body above windscreen level and across the front of the bonnet and a band of white retroreflective material around the mid-level of the body. The use of four rotating beacons at each corner of the upper body is recommended as special warning lighting. The replacement of the existing tail lamp cluster with a three lamp unit consisting of amber turn indicator, red presence lamp and red stop indicator in a vertical array is suggested. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    New South Wales Dept of Public Works, Australia

    Philip Street
    Sydney, New South Wales,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Green, D A
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194051
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM