California Department of Transportation
 

Equipment Quality Standards

Purpose – This is one of a series of documents intended to clarify minimum quality standards required by the Division of Equipment (DOE) for the Caltrans vehicle fleet.

Scope – This Caltrans DOE draft standard defines the vehicle fleet color, striping and decal identification.

References Caltrans Equipment Catalog

Revision Date - May 22, 2003

2.1 COLORS, MATERIALS AND PART NUMBERS

2.1.1 Caltrans Standard Colors

Caltrans standard colors are: Orange, White and Black. Orange color is applied in the form of reflective striping. White and black colors are applied in the form of paint or coatings.

2.1.2 Striping Material & Color

The following reflective striping materials are used for fleet identification and safety considerations.

 

Material Description

Size

DOE Part No.

A

3M Scotchlite orange reflective tape

4"

053-4767

5"

053-4813

6"

053-4751

B

Orange & White Diagonal Reflective Striping Specification 053-2047

 

053-2047

2.1.3 Logos & Decals

Decals shall be used for fleet identification. Decals and Division of Equipment part numbers are listed.

 

Decal Description

Size

DOE Part No.

A

Image of 'CT' Caltrans logo, side door decal.

11 x15"

053-4759

9"x12"

053-4760

7"x9"

053-4761

B

Image of Caltrans script, black letters on white background.

2"

053-4764

2.5"

053-4763

3"

053-4762

C

Image of Caltrans script decal, white reflective letters on orange background.

3"

053-4752

4"

053-4753

5"

053-4754

D

Image of Caltrans script decal, orange letters on white background.

3"

053-4802

4"

053-4801

5"

053-4800

E

Image of Caltrans script decal for clean air vehicles, white letters on green background.

one size

053-4758

F

Image of Caltrans slow for the cone zone decal.

one size

053-4829

2.1.4 Application of Stripes and Decals

Decals and stripes should be placed on metal whenever possible. Decals and stripes shall be fitted in a professional manner with no wrinkles, creases or air bubbles.

 

2.2 Caltrans EQUIPMENT COLORS AND FLEET IDENTITY

2.2.1 FLEET IDENTIFICATION OBJECTIVE

Use standard colors, decals, shapes and stripes applied in a manner that is uniform enough to create an image recognized by all who see Caltrans equipment. Specific application details vary by class of equipment, model year and manufacturer. The Division of Equipment shall provide final approval for each model, manufacturer and type of equipment. Contact Engineering Design at (916) 227-9604 for further information.

2.2.2 PASSENGER VEHICLES (Sedans, Station Wagons, SUV)

Passenger vehicles include sedans, station wagons, SUVs, and buses as listed in the Equipment Catalog. Passenger vehicles make up approximately 20% of the Caltrans equipment fleet.

2.2.2.1 Passenger Vehicle Color

Passenger vehicles shall be factory standard white.

2.2.2.2 Passenger Vehicle Striping

Passenger vehicles shall have a rear 4" orange horizontal stripe using material specified in 2.1.2.A.

2.2.2.3 Passenger Vehicle Door Decals

Front side doors shall have a 'CT' decal specified in 2.1.3.A and sized to fit the available space.

2.2.2.4 Passenger Vehicle 'Caltrans' Script Decals

A reflective orange ‘Caltrans’ script decal specified in 2.1.3.D shall be affixed to the rear of the vehicle near the left side. Exception: When available space is constrained due to vehicle design, loaction of brand logos, or other factors, the orange 'Caltrans' script may be replaced with the white 'Caltrans' script specified in 2.1.3.C and affixed to the orange stripe.

2.2.2.5 Passenger Vehicle 'Clean Air' Decals

'Clean Air' designated vehicles shall have the green decal specified in 2.1.3.E affixed to each side door below the 'CT' decal and to the rear of the vehicle below the 'Caltrans' script decal.

Photo of white sedan Toyota Prius side view with Caltrans decal on door. Photo of example white sedan showing side decal and orange rear stripe. Photo of white Dodge Durango SUV showing side door decal and rear orange stripe.
Rear view photo of Toyota Prius showing detail of orange strip and green vehicle decal.

click photos to enlarge

 

Example sedan fleet identification – varies by brand and model year

2.2.2.4 Passenger Vehicle Striping and Decal Drawings

Passenger Vechicle Drawing List

Sedan

I-00100-DE

Small SUV

I-005SUV-DE

SUV

I-006SUV-DE

Contact Engineering Design at (916) 227-9604 for most recent drawing updates or for full size drawings.

2.2.3 LIGHT DUTY UTILITY VEHICLES and PASSENGER VANS

Light duty vehicles (also known as "work vehicles") include all categories listed in the Equipment Catalog. Light Duty Utility Vehicles include 9’ Cargo Body, Cone Body, Mechanic Body, all Pickups up to 1-ton, Plumbing Truck, Sign Body, Step Van, Survey Body, Utility Body and Vans. Light duty utility vehicles make up approximately 40% of the Caltrans equipment fleet.

2.2.3.1 Light Duty Utility Vehicle Color

Light duty utility vehicles shall be factory standard white.

2.2.3.2 Light Duty Utility Vehicle Striping

A 5" or 6" horizontal orange stripe shall be applied to both sides and rear of all light duty utility vehicles using material specified in 2.1.2.A. Guidelines for decal and striping location are provided in drawings included in 2.2.3.4. Orange and White Diagonal Reflective Striping (DOE Part No. 053-2050-8) shall be applied to the rear of vehicles having a width greater than or equal to 80 inches.

2.2.3.3 Light Duty Utility Vehicle Door Decals

Front side doors shall have a ‘CT’ decal specified in 2.1.3.A and sized to fit the available space.

2.2.3.3 Light Duty Utility Vehicle 'Caltrans' Script Decals

A reflective orange ‘Caltrans’ script decal specified in 2.1.3.D shall be affixed to the rear of the vehicle near the left side. Exception: When available space is constrained due to vehicle design, loaction of brand logos, or other factors, the orange 'Caltrans' script may be replaced with the white 'Caltrans' script specified in 2.1.3.C and affixed to the rear orange stripe.

2.2.3.3 Light Duty Utility Vehicle 'Clean Air' Decals

'Clean Air' designated vehicles shall have the green decal specified in 2.1.3.E affixed to each side door below the 'CT' decal and to the rear of the vehicle below the 'Caltrans' script decal.

Photo of all white 35 foot personnel hoist with stripes and decals. Photo of white three-quarter ton pickup with orange stripe and decals. Photo of white pickup, propane powered, with stripe and decals.
Side photo of passenger van showing stripe and decals. Photo of all white utility body with orange stripe and decals. Photo of all white utility body with orange stripe and decals.
Rear photo of white passenger van showing orange stripe and decal. Photo of white pickup with shell, including orange stripe and decals. Close up photo of orange stripe on utility body over door and hinge.

Example Light Duty Utility Vehicles("Work Vehicles")– vary by brand and model year

2.2.3.4 Light Duty Utility Vehicle Striping and Decal Drawings

Light Duty Utility Vehicle ("Work Vehicle") Striping and Decal Drawing List:

Maintenance Vehicle "www" Decal

I-000-dot.ca-01

Mini Vans

I-00144-DE

Commuter Vans

I-00194-DE

Mini Pickup

I-004PU-DE

Pickup

I-007PU-DE

Van Safety Striping

I-00870-DE

Utility Body

I-008UB-DE

Cargo Body

I-01250-DE

Contact Engineering Design at (916) 227-9604 for most recent drawing updates or for full size drawings.

2.2.4 TRUCKS - LIGHT DUTY, MEDIUM DUTY and HEAVY DUTY

Trucks include Cargo Bodies larger than 9 ft., Dump Bodies, Utility Bodies with Personnel Hoist, and other truck vehicles as listed in the Caltrans Equipment Catalog. Trucks make up approximately 14% of the Caltrans equipment fleet.

2.2.4.1 Truck Color

Truck cab, hood, and fenders shall be factory standard fleet white color. Painted portions of truck chassis and underbody components shall be black in the manufacturer’s paint and finish. Other components may be finished according to the factory standard finish. Bodies and accessories above the frame and behind the cab shall be white.

2.2.4.2 Truck Striping

Truck striping shall include a 5" or 6" orange stripe of the material specified in 2.1.2.A. The body striping shall consist of a continous level horizontal stripe from front of cab to back of body. The level and width of the stripe shall be determined by the body rail as shown in their respective drawings, included in 2.2.4.4. Orange & White Diagonal Reflective Striping specified in 2.1.2.B shall be applied across the rear of the vehicle.

2.2.4.3 Truck Door Decals

Front side doors shall have a ‘CT’ decal specified in 2.1.3.A and sized to fit the available space. A black 'Caltrans' script decal specified in 2.1.3.B shall be affixed below the 'CT' decal (except for 'Clean Air' vehicles).

2.2.4.3 Truck 'Caltrans' Script Decals

A reflective orange ‘Caltrans’ script decal specified in 2.1.3.D shall be affixed to the rear of the vehicle near the left side.

2.2.4.3 Truck 'Clean Air' Decals

'Clean Air' designated vehicles shall have the green decal specified in 2.1.3.E affixed to each side door below the 'CT' decal and to the rear of the vehicle below the 'Caltrans' script decal.

Photo of ten yard dump truck, side view of decals and stripe. Photo of white ten yard dump truck showing rear and side decals and stripes. Photo showing rear decals and stripes on ten yard dump truck.
Photo of one ton pickup showing orange stripe details around body contours. Photo of cargo truck, white cab with Caltrans decals and orange stripe. Photo of four yard dump truck.
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NOTE: Since March 2002 cab and bodies are all white with striping and decals as noted in drawings. White truck bodies have horizontal orange stripes. Refer to drawings for most recent updates.

Example Trucks and other vehicles–All white cab and bodies.

2.2.4.4 Truck Striping and Decal Drawings

Truck Striping and Decal Drawing List:

Personnel Hoist

I-01282-DE

1 Ton Utility Body

I-012UB-DE

Medium & Heavy Duty Cargo Trucks

I-02550-DE

Light Duty 4 WD wtih Dump Body

I-02551-DE

Light Duty 4 Yard

I-02920-DE

45' Personnel Hoist

I-03379-DE

Catch Basin Cleaner

I-05383-DE

Sweeper

I-56808-DE

Trailer Item No 80233

I-60233-DE

Contact Engineering Design at (916) 227-9604 for most recent drawing updates or for full size drawings.

2.2.5 CLEAN AIR VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION

Vehicles designated "Clean Air Vehicle" shall display three (3) reflective green "Clean Air Vehicle" labels specified in 2.1.3.E. These green decals shall be located below each "CT" door logo and on the rear of the vehicle.

Photo of side door decals including Caltrans logo and green clean air vehicle sticker. Close up photo of green clean air vehicle sticker on rear of vehicle. click photos to enlarge

Green fleet decal

2.2.6 OTHER MAINTENANCE CLASSES of Caltrans Equipment

2.2.6.1 Other Large Equipment -- General

Other large equipment shall be fleet white if this choice does not cost extra. Otherwise, standard factory color and finish are acceptable as long as they comply with the lead-free and compatibility requirements of the Caltrans Paint and Coatings standard.

Photo of changeable message sign trailer. Image of white tanker with horizontal orange reflective stripe. Image of catch basin cleaner.
Close up image of all white sweeper with orange stripe.

Photo of stainless steel tanker with side stirpe.

Photo of rear of stainless steel tanker.

Other large equipment

2.2.6.2 Additional Maintenance Classes

Caltrans maintains a diverse equipment fleet. Specific descriptions of additional maintenance classes or other subgroups will be added on an as-needed basis. Subgroups may include sweepers, loaders, graders, mud trucks, etc.

2.3 Equipment Identification Numbers

Three (3) Department of Equipment seven-digit vehicle identification number labels shall be placed on each vehicle. Equipment ID labels shall be positioned at the highest right corner of the vehicle as viewed from the driver’s side, passenger side and rear of the vehicle.

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