Red license plates announced for emergency vehicles

ALBANY, N.Y .— The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing red license plates for vehicles registered to State agencies and political subdivisions.

Vehicles that serve a critical role will be given the new emergency license plates to assure they have immediate access to locations impacted during a state emergency as well as prioritized access for assets such as emergency fuel supplies.

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

The new plates will have a white background and a red banner with the “EM” designation appearing in the upper left hand corner.

“This is another component of the Governor's plan to ensure New York is the best prepared state in the nation. These plates will aid in quickly identifying people with the critical need to enter areas that have restricted access and who should be on the road during times of emergency. It's another step forward in better preparing our state,” said Jerome M. Hauer, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Sample images of the new plates can be viewed here.

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