SIGNAL LIGHTING SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR EMERGENCY, SCHOOL BUS AND SERVICE VEHICLES

This report reviews the inconsistency between various state laws and the Uniform Vehicle Code regarding lighting systems for special vehicles and school buses. Accident data are cited that may have pertinent implications to the problem of lighting systems design for these vehicles. Driver behavior problems that may be associated with the ambiguity of current signal messages are dicussed. Subsequently, an analysis of the signal messages that are necessary to conduct particular vehicular missions is presented. A review of lighting devices available disclosed that there is a diverse array of lighting devices available. Psychophysical visual and applied research was reviewed for information on the advantages and disadvantages of various coding parameters. An analysis of color, intensity, and flash rate summarized the information available that is applicable to special vehicle signaling systems. From this information was developed a set of recommended signals to transmit the messages deemed necessary for the efficient and safe conduct of various vehicular missions. These recommendations took into account current legal, stereotype, and changeover constraints. School bus signaling procedures were also reviewed and specific recommendations are made for new signals, usage procedures, legal language, and research.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Highway Safety Research Institute

    Huron Parkway and Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Post, D V
  • Publication Date: 1978-11-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 162 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UM-HSRI-78-55 Final Rpt., DOT-HS-804-095
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-6-01468
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM