Hardy wrote:Some flashing lights are permitted, like hazard lights in some conditions, or rear lights on a bike if they are red. I haven't seen anything that permits a blue flashing light. It is OK to ride with a blue static light.
The pre-1999 Road Safety (Traffic) Regs prohibited blue flashing lights:
306. A person must not—
(c) except pursuant to permission given by or under any Act or regulation—erect, establish, place, maintain or display on a highway or in the view of a person on a highway a lamp of the type fitted to emergency vehicles which is emitting a flashing light or anything which purports to be, or is an imitation of, such a light which may—
(i) distract a driver's attention from the highway; or
(ii) be confused with the warning lights of an emergency vehicle.
Cheers for that Hardy. Front line cops back in July was told to cease traffic stops for flashing lights and wearing no helmet as no offence is being committed, so getting stopped for either issue no longer occurs.
Hardy wrote:Also, the police never need to prove a rider is not exempt from wearing a helmet. All they need to do is give the rider a ticket for not wearing a helmet and then watch him try and prove to a Magistrate he has an exemption. So the police could have arrested the rider (s.76 RSA) until identity was confirmed, then given the rider a ticket for no helmet and let him work it out in court if he wanted to rely on an exemption. And it wouldn't surprise me if they left the bike parked on the side of the road while he was cuffed and taken off in the police car. Your lucky it wasn't a HWP vehicle.
A senior constable issued a $210 fine for no helmet and a $210 fine for improper fitted lights, an offence which does not exist under RR259. When Vicpol was advised the same, they then issued an fine for not having front white light, a legitimate offence under RR259, but one that did not take place. The matter was appealed to court, and the brief contained false police statement to justify fines for offences which didn't occur. The Prosecutor watched video evidence of the traffic stop, got on the phone and 15mins later said the matter was not going to proceed. A barrister has now initiated civil action in the Supreme Court for misfeasance in public office for this incident and others
Video of the traffic stop which the Prosecutor watched https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ26jg0NpR4&t=70s