Utah Administrative Code
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R698. Public Safety, Administration.
Rule R698-7. Emergency Vehicles.
As in effect on January 1, 2020
Table of Contents
- R698-7-1. Purpose.
- R698-7-2. Authority.
- R698-7-3. Definitions.
- R698-7-4. Publicly Owned Emergency Vehicles.
- R698-7-5. Privately Owned Emergency Vehicles.
- R698-7-6. Categories of Privately Owned Emergency Vehicles.
- R698-7-7. Private Fire Response Vehicles, Private Police Vehicles, and Private Search and Rescue Vehicles.
- R698-7-8. Ambulance Vehicles.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
This rule explains how vehicles can be designated as "authorized emergency vehicles." Authorized emergency vehicles shall be referred to in this rule as "emergency vehicles."
This rule is authorized by Section 41-6a-310 and Subsection 53-1-108(1)(c).
As used in this rule:
(1) "Emergency" or "emergencies" means a situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential to the preservation of human life or property and justifies the operator of a vehicle to exercise the driving privileges in Subsection 41-6a-212(2).
(2) "Industrial ambulance" means an ambulance that is owned and operated by a private company for the sole benefit of its employees.
(1) A publicly owned fire department vehicle, or publicly owned police vehicle can be designated as an emergency vehicle if the vehicle:
(a) responds to emergencies;
(b) is in compliance with the emergency lights and siren requirements of Title 41, Chapter 6a;
(c) is properly insured; and
(d) is approved as an emergency vehicle by the political subdivision that owns it.
Privately owned vehicles can be designated as emergency vehicles by meeting the requirements set forth in this rule.
(1) Privately owned emergency vehicles shall be divided into the following categories:
(a) private fire response vehicles;
(b) private police vehicles;
(c) private search and rescue vehicles; and
(d) private ambulance vehicles.
R698-7-7. Private Fire Response Vehicles, Private Police Vehicles, and Private Search and Rescue Vehicles.
(1) A private fire response vehicle, private police vehicle, or private search and rescue vehicle can be designated as an emergency vehicle if:
(a) the vehicle is used on a part time basis to assist a governmental agency in responding to emergencies;
(b) the owner of the vehicle receives written authorization to operate the vehicle as an emergency vehicle from the sheriff, chief of police, or fire chief of the governmental agency that the vehicle is authorized to assist;
(c) the vehicle is in compliance with the emergency lights and siren requirements of Title 41, Chapter 6a;
(d) the vehicle is licensed and has a current safety inspection certificate; and
(e) the governmental agency that authorizes the vehicle to operate as an emergency vehicle has adopted written policies regarding the operation of emergency vehicles in their jurisdiction. The policies shall require compliance with the statutory restrictions and requirements of Title 41, Chapter 6a.
(1) A publicly owned or privately owned ambulance vehicle can be designated as an emergency vehicle if the vehicle is licensed by the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to provide emergency and non-emergency ambulance services under Title 26, Chapter 8a.
(2) An industrial ambulance vehicle can be designated as an emergency vehicle if:
(a) the vehicle is in compliance with the emergency lights and siren requirements of Title 41, Chapter 6a;
(b) the vehicle is properly insured;
(c) the vehicle is licensed and has a current safety inspection certificate; and
(d) the company that owns the vehicle receives written authorization to operate the vehicle as an emergency vehicle from:
(i) the sheriff of the county in which the company is located; and
(ii) the chief of police of the city, if any, in which the company is located.
September 11, 1997
April 12, 2018
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R698, please contact the promulgating agency (Public Safety, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.