Vehicle accessories and fittings

This page contains information about what to do if you are designing and developing innovative accessories and equipment for vehicles, as well as details about established vehicle accessories, such as warning lamps, air bags and immobilisers.

  Air bags

For information about air bags, including how they work and what to do about repairs and modifications, please read the document below:

LBU_VS_FS_Airbags.pdf icon Air bags (Fact sheet) Kb

  Assessing new accessories and equipment

The Department assesses a variety of innovative products, such as replacement parts, vehicle accessories, and devices such as immobilisers and alcohol interlocks.

We examine and assess equipment to ensure that fitting them does not contravene the Australian Design Rules and Vehicle Standards and will not compromise safety.

In assessing new products, we do not involve ourselves in commercial issues, nor can we promote specific products, even if they have the potential to improve vehicle safety.

You can submit products for assessment to us at the Vehicle Safety and Standards Office, Welshpool.

Street address Postal address Telephone Fax Email
Department of Transport
Vehicle Safety and Standards
21 Murray Road South
Welshpool WA 6106
13 11 56 (08) 9216 3899
External Link Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development: Australian Design Rules

  Information about immobilisers

Immobilisers are vehicle security devices that help prevent theft. The Vehicle Licences section of this website provides detailed information on immobilisers, including:

  • What vehicles require an immobiliser.
  • Who is responsible for the fitment of an immobiliser.
  • What is a government approved immobiliser.
  • How to get an immobiliser fitted.
  • Information about designing immobilisers.
  • Information for motor vehicle dealers.

  LED light bars

LED light bar(s) may now be lawfully fitted to a vehicle with four or more wheels, subject to certain conditions. For further information please see Industry Bulletin, IB-132C.

LBU_VS_IB_132.pdf icon IB-132C: Fitment and use of additional and optional vehicle lights (lamps) (Information Bulletin) Kb

  Sirens

Sirens are prohibited from fitment on any vehicle, unless approved by way of legislation (see list below) or by the CEO of DoT as part of a flashing warning light or EVS approval.

The following vehicles are permitted to have a siren fitted with no approval required:

Vehicles operated by:

  • A bush fire brigade (under the Bush Fires Act 1954).
  • A fire brigade (under the Fire Brigades Act 1942)
  • Airservices Australia.
  • Australian Border Force.
  • Australian Federal Police.
  • St John Ambulance.
  • State Emergency Service.
  • The Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
  • Transport enforcement vehicle.
  • Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service.
  • Western Australia Police.

Also, vehicles that are at least 25 years old which are fitted as an emergency vehicle, and are for exhibition purposes or part of a collection of former emergency vehicles.

  Underbody lighting and other decorative illumination

Constant coloured neon lamps are sometimes affixed to the underside of vehicles to enhance their aesthetic character. Generally, these underbody lamps will be acceptable, providing the lights themselves do not flash and are not visible to other motorists. Read the document below for information on the subject, including guidance on electrical wiring and other safety requirements.

LBU_VS_IB_108.pdf icon IB-108C: Under-body lighting and other decorative illumination (Information Bulletin) Kb

  Who can fit and use warning lamps?

Flashing warning lights convey specific warnings to road users. To maintain the significance of the warning given by a particular colour of flashing warning light, they are restricted to being fitted to authorised vehicles and used in specific circumstances only.

The information required to determine if your vehicle is already provided for in legislation to fit and display flashing warning lights of a particular colour, or if not, how to make an application for authorisation, is provided below. Further information may be found in the 'Flashing warning lights and emergency vehicle status (Frequently Asked Questions)'.

Note: Vehicles that are used solely on private property, do not require authorisation to fit or display flashing warning lights. The flashing warning lights must be removed before the vehicle may be used on a gazetted/public road.

How do I make an application to fit and/or use FWL on my vehicle or operate my vehicle as an emergency vehicle (EVS) on gazetted roads?

  • Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A).
  • Application to fit flashing warning lights only, application (Form E178B).
  • Application to fit and/or display amber/yellow flashing warning lights, application (Form E178C).
  • Application to display flashing warning lights only, application (Form E178D).

Please refer to the detailed instructions below:

LBU_VL_F_AppEmergVehStatusFitDisplayFWL_E178A.pdf icon Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A) Kb
LBU_VL_F_AppFitFWLonly_E178B.pdf icon Application to fit flashing warning lights only, application (Form E178B) Kb
LBU_VL_F_AppFitDisplayAmberFWL_E178C.pdf icon Application to fit and/or display amber/yellow flashing warning lights, application (Form E178C) Kb
LBU_VL_F_AppFitDisplayWarnOnly_E178D.pdf icon Application to display flashing warning lights only, application (Form E178D) Kb
LBU_VL_FAQ_FWL_EmergencyVehicleStatus.pdf icon Flashing warning lights and emergency vehicle status (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb

Amber/yellow flashing warning lights, hazard warning

Amber/yellow flashing warning lights alert road users of a hazard on a gazetted/public road and/or an obstruction to the flow of traffic.

The following vehicles are permitted to fit and display amber/yellow flashing lights, no application is required.

  • A bus fitted, before July 1999, with a sign telling roads users that the bus carries children.
  • A bus, equipped to carry more than eight adults, used for the carriage of children to and from school when in the process of picking up or setting down school children.
  • A special purpose vehicle occupying a hazardous position on the road, while stationary or travelling at a speed not exceeding 20km/h. This includes a public utility service truck, tow truck, motor break-down service vehicle or State or local government vehicle engaged in road work or speed zoning functions.
  • Agricultural machines, towed agricultural implements and vehicles towing agricultural implements, when required to be fitted with an amber flashing light in accordance with the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014.
  • Local government vehicles that are driven by rangers and have the word 'ranger' clearly set out on both sides of the vehicle. Where the vehicle is a station wagon or van, the word 'ranger' must also be clearly set out on the back of the vehicle.
  • Oversize and over mass vehicles being driven in accordance with an order or permit issued by Main Roads WA or the Department of Transport.
  • Pilot and escort vehicles travelling in front of or behind an agricultural machine, agricultural implement, or agricultural vehicle as described above.
  • Pilot and escort vehicles travelling in front of or behind an oversize or over mass vehicle as described above.
  • Transport enforcement vehicles.
  • Vehicles owned or operated by a mining company and used primarily at a mine (the amber flashing lights are not authorised for use on public roads).
  • Vehicles spraying pesticides under the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011.

If your vehicle is not included in the above list, you may make an application to the Department of Transport (DoT) for consideration to fit and display yellow/amber flashing warning lights.

How to make an application to fit and display yellow/amber flashing warning lights?

Application for vehicles being used as part of an event on a gazetted/public road.

  1. Complete application form 'Application to fit and/or display amber/yellow flashing warning lights, application (Form E178C)'.
  2. Attach supporting information:
    • Name of event.
    • Date of event.
    • Overview of event.
    • The route of the event, including site, town(s), gazetted roads.
    • Details of any previous flashing warning light authorisation.
    • Vehicle details.
    • Traffic Management Plan (if applicable).
  3. Submit completed form and supporting documentation to the email address below.

Application for the fitment and display of amber/yellow flashing warning lights on a vehicle not being used for an event on a gazetted road.

  1. Complete application form 'Application to fit and/or display amber/yellow flashing warning lights, application (Form E178C)'.
  2. Attach supporting information on company letterhead:
    • Overview of organisation.
    • Details of the hazardous duties that require the use of amber/yellow flashing warning lights.
    • Vehicle details.
  3. Submit completed form and supporting documentation to the email address below.

DoT will notify you of the outcome of your application within three weeks. If approved, conditions of use for the flashing yellow/amber warning lights will be outlined in the letter of authorisation.

LBU_VL_F_AppFitDisplayAmberFWL_E178C.pdf icon Application to fit and/or display amber/yellow flashing warning lights, application (Form E178C) Kb

Magenta/crimson flashing warning lights, Government enforcement

Magenta/crimson flashing warning lights alert road users of the presence of a vehicle carrying out road transport enforcement activities relating to the safety and standards of vehicles associated with the carriage of goods and/or passengers for business purposes.

To make an application to DoT for authorisation to fit and display magenta/crimson flashing warning lights, please follow the application process below. Only government agencies with a statute enforcement role will be considered.

Application for the fitment and display of magenta/crimson flashing lights on a vehicle:

  1. Complete application form 'Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A)'.
  2. Attach supporting information on company letterhead:
    • Overview of agency.
    • The transport enforcement duties required to be undertaken.
    • The details of all applicable vehicles.
  3. Submit completed form and supporting documentation to the email address below.

DoT will notify you of the outcome of your application within three weeks.

If approved, conditions of use of the magenta/crimson flashing warning lights will be outlined in the letter of authorisation.

LBU_VL_F_AppEmergVehStatusFitDisplayFWL_E178A.pdf icon Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A) Kb

Blue, red and white flashing warning lights and Emergency Vehicle Status

Emergency vehicles are used to respond to an urgent situation where human life may be in danger and/or there is a high personal or property threat. Emergency vehicles may be fitted with red flashing lights and/or can be fitted with blue, red and/or white flashing warning lights.

Red flashing warning lights alert roads of an emergency vehicle responding to a situation where there is a high personal or property threat. The combination of blue, red and/or white flashing warning lights alert other road users of an emergency vehicle responding to a situation where life is at significant or imminent risk

If a vehicle is approved as an emergency vehicle the driver is exempt from certain road laws when responding to an emergency. The driver must ensure they are taking reasonable care when responding to ensure the safety of other road users and occupants of the vehicle. In these circumstances, other road users are required to give way to, and make every reasonable effort to give a clear and uninterrupted passage to emergency vehicles.

The following vehicles have emergency vehicle status and are approved to have blue, red and white (or a combination thereof) flashing lights fitted, no application is required:

Vehicles operated by:

  • A bush fire brigade (under the Bush Fires Act 1954).
  • A fire brigade (under the Fire Brigades Act 1942).
  • St John Ambulance.
  • State Emergency Service.
  • The Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
  • Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service.
  • Western Australia Police.

If your vehicle is not included in the above list, you may make an application to DoT for Emergency Vehicle Status (EVS) and authorisation to fit and display blue, red and/or white flashing warning lights.

Only vehicles operated by genuine emergency services operating as part of the State emergency network, or in an area so remote that existing emergency services are inaccessible, will be considered.

Organisations that do not meet one or both of these criteria may still be considered for fitment and display of red flashing warning lights in certain circumstances, but will not receive EVS.

How to make application for EVS and blue, red and/or white flashing warning lights?

  1. Complete application form 'Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A)'.
  2. Attach documentary evidence of:
    • The organisation operating under contract, mutual aid agreement, or Memorandum of Understanding with an emergency service agency as part of the State emergency response network.
      OR
    • The organisation operating in an area so remote that existing emergency services are inaccessible.
  3. Attach supporting information on company letterhead:
    • Duties undertaken by the organisation.
    • Organisation's role in emergency response.
    • Why this role cannot be fulfilled by existing emergency services.
    • Decision making process and chain of command when despatching the vehicle.
    • Recordkeeping system to be used to enable internal and external audit of operations to be carried out.
    • Approximate frequency of occasions where emergency response may be considered necessary.
    • Any previous emergency vehicle status or flashing warning light approval.
    • Evidence of Driver competency standard certifications, at a minimum PUAVEH001B - Drive vehicles under operational conditions.
  4. Submit completed form and supporting documentation to the email address below.

As part of the assessment of your application, the Department of Transport may request advice and recommendations from the Emergency Vehicle Committee which consists of representatives from Western Australia Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Health and St John Ambulance.

DoT will notify you of the outcome of your application within six weeks.

LBU_VL_F_AppEmergVehStatusFitDisplayFWL_E178A.pdf icon Application for emergency vehicle status and to fit and/or display flashing warning lights, application (Form E178A) Kb

Submit completed forms and supporting documentation

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Further information

The documents below authorise certain vehicles to be operated as emergency vehicles and/or have flashing warning lights fitted and displayed.

LBU_P_Approval_327_2_a_CertainEmergencyVehicles_WarningLights.pdf icon Approval for certain emergency vehicles to fit red, blue and white flashing warning lights Kb
LBU_P_InstrumentAppPesticideSprayingWarningLights.pdf icon Approval to display yellow flashing warning lights: Vehicles spraying pesticides Kb
LBU_P_Approval_RTVR2017202046_LocGovRanger_EmergencyVehicle_Yellow_WarningLights.pdf icon Approval for local government ranger vehicles to fit and display yellow flashing lights Kb
LBU_P_Approval_227_a_327_3_a_SES_FES_EmergencyVehicle_WarningLights.pdf icon Approval for SES and FES vehicles to be operated as emergency vehicles and fit and display red, blue and white flashing lights Kb
LBU_VL_FAQ_FWL_EmergencyVehicleStatus.pdf icon Flashing warning lights and emergency vehicle status (Frequently Asked Questions) Kb
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