NY Emergency Vehicles to Get Red Plates

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/03 2014 11:40AM

Updated 04/03 2014 11:48AM

Credit: Gov. Cuomo's Press Office
ALBANY, N.Y. - State and local emergency vehicles are getting red plates.

A press release says vehicles registered to state agencies and political subdivisions such as counties, cities, towns, and villages will be getting these new plates. Vehicles with these new plates will guarantee that they have immediate access to emergency locations. 

"We are distributing the new red emergency license plates to local governments and agencies free of charge to help prioritize response efforts statewide," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "This will help law enforcement and first responders respond faster and keep New Yorkers safe when the worst happens.”

The red plates will carry a new Emergency Management (EM) indicator for quick identification. There is no charge for the new plates. 

A press release says the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will determine how many red license plates will be available to various agencies. Only vehicles owned or controlled by a state agency or political subdivision will be eligible for the new license plates. 

Letters have been sent out to agencies who are eligible for the new plates. 

For additional information, on plate availability and use, contact the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services at (518)-242-5202.

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