Drivers are warned they could face a £1,000 fine if they break the Highway Code if they allow an ambulance to overtake them on the road.
Standard motorist etiquette of allowing emergency services through is encouraged in the Code, however, if drivers perform an illegal maneuver or stop at an inappropriate location to allow this, they could pay a heavy price.
The Highway Code states that motorists must give way to emergency vehicles with flashing lights, including ambulances, fire engines and police vehicles.
But in order to clear the way for ambulances and police cars, road users should be aware that most rules remain taboo, e.g. B. stopping at a yellow bus stop, entering a bus lane or running a red light.
Rule 219 of the Highway Code states, “You should look out for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors, or other emergency vehicles with flashing blue, red, or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officers and emergency vehicles with flashing amber lights.”
“If you approach, don’t panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate measures to allow it to pass, observing all road signs.
“If necessary pull to the side of the road and stop, but avoid stopping before a hilltop, bend or narrow section of road.
“Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid driving on the curb.”
RAC experts said they often have to give legal advice to motorists who are hit with a hefty fine after doing the wrong thing while swerving.
said The sun: “Keep driving until there is a convenient place to stop and use common sense to avoid conflicts with other road users.”
The experts also warned that a lack of awareness of the correct driving rules when passing emergency services could lead to dangerous incidents and deter people from getting much-needed help.