'It's a disgrace!' Driver fined £130 for letting an ambulance go past


James Sheridan-Vigor said he was fined after moving to let the ambulance pass on September 19. The local council rejected his appeal despite Mr Sheridan-Vigor explaining what had happened.

The driver told MyLondon: “Even after I appealed they said they issued it correctly and that emergency vehicles have the right to use the bus lane so myself (and two other cars) ‘would be more likely to obstruct their path than assist them’ – which I totally understand.

“However, when a bus is sat at a bus stop and an ambulance can’t magically drive through a bus it has to overtake on the right.”

Mr Sheridan-Vigor added: “So what I’m getting from this is they’ve either made a mistake looking at the evidence.

“Or we’re not supposed to help out our emergency services and get out of their way.”

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The illegal manoeuvres include driving onto a bus lane, running a red light, and entering a yellow box junction.

While it’s easy for road users to assume that they would be exempt from following those rules when an ambulance approaches, that is not the case.

When approached by an emergency vehicle while driving, rule 219 of the Highway Code says: “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.”


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