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You could be fined £1,000 for letting ambulance pass

MOTORISTS who let an ambulance pass could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.

Although it’s common knowledge drivers should make way for emergency vehicles, it’s important this is done in the right way.

You could be slapped with a £1,000 fine if you let an ambulance pass in the wrong way


You could be slapped with a £1,000 fine if you let an ambulance pass in the wrong wayCredit: Getty – Contributor

The Highway Code is clear that motorists should give way to vehicles with flashing lights, including police cars, ambulances, fire engines and emergency doctors.

But other driving rules still apply while letting these emergency vehicles past.

Moving into a bus lane, stopping in a yellow box junction or running a red light will still see you punished despite your good intentions.

If you breach any of these rules then you could be hit with a maximum fine of £1,000.

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To make matters worse you could potentially receive three penalty points on your licence.

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 traffic officer and incident support vehicles using flashing amber lights.”

It continues to advise motorists on how to act in this situation and where is considered an appropriate place to stop.

“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.”

The code also tells motorists to not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout as it could endanger other drivers.

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