The moment we hear the ambulance sirens and see the flashing blue lights, out automatic response is to get our cars out of the way and the let it through. But doing in the wrong way can get you in a whole load of trouble and face big fine.
And it is not just ambulances, but also police and fire brigade vehicles also.
Thankfully, those lovely people at the RAC have published some guidance on how to let the emergency service through and still keep out of trouble.
Rule 219 of the Highway Code states: “You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens or flashing headlights, or Highways Agency Traffic Officer and Incident Support vehicles using flashing amber lights.
“When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs.
“If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road.
“Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb.
“Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you.”
Even when you are doing you best to move out of the way, the rules of the road still apply. Should you find yourself going through a red light or entering a bus lane, you may still find yourself facing a fine and points.
The RAC stated: “The key is not to panic and always stay alert when driving.
“Resist temptation to stop in the middle of the road – this could block the route for the emergency vehicle – or to jump up the kerb.
“Keep driving until there’s a suitable place to pull over and use your common sense to avoid coming into conflict with other road users.
“It is important that people are aware of this advice so they can ensure they take the correct action when encountering an emergency services vehicle.
“If people panic and do not obey traffic laws, this could result in an incident which could endanger more lives or further impede the emergency service from getting through.”
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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