British motorists could face fines up to £1,000 for letting an ambulance go past incorrectly. Drivers have been warned that they must remember to obey the usual driving laws when making way for an emergency vehicle.
While the Highway Code clearly states that road users must give way to an oncoming emergency vehicle, it also adds that some manoeuvres are illegal.
And, if motorists are not careful, they could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.
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.
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“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.”
The RAC also urged drivers to resist the temptation to stop in the middle of the road.
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“The issue of people taking the wrong action and then facing a fine is a common one and something our legal advice team regularly deal with.
“If you are issued with a fine that you feel is unfair because you were getting out of the way for an emergency vehicle, you may be able to appeal it.”