Netherlands: Police get blue lights for bicycles

Dutch police officers can now also use bicycles with flashing lights. Initially, the police bikes would be equipped in six cities, the authority said. “As police bikers, we are not always clearly visible now,” said a spokesman. “And in certain situations we want to attract attention.” This applies to accidents or emergency operations in the dark.

In contrast to cars or motorcycles, the blue light does not give cyclists any priority over other road users. It doesn’t replace normal lighting either.

The Fiets blue light will be tested until April. If it works, all police bikes should be equipped with it. Until then, the police are on the move with a special permit from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure – because blue or flashing lights are actually not permitted.

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