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Just read this article on the Honest Johns website

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More Confusion Over Traffic Lights and Emergency Vehicles
In a recent IAM poll, a quarter of drivers said they would go through a red light tolet an emergency vehicle through even though this is illegal unless the vehicle is a police car.
Forty-four per cent of motorists believe that it is unfair to prosecute someone whocrosses a red light to let an emergency vehicle through. A further 31 percent of drivers feel that this should be made legal. But, overall the largest groupof respondents (41 per cent) believe that the law should not be changed in regardsto crossing red lights for emergency vehicles.

It is also illegal to enter a bus lane during its active hours of operation to let anemergency vehicle past, and you can be fined if you do. Eighty-six per cent ofmotorists believe that this is unfair.

Other results show:

74 per cent of drivers will pull over where possible when they see an emergencyvehicle approaching.

Half of motorists would not drive through a red light if an emergency vehicleapproached them from behind.

82 per cent of people are aware that it is illegal to cross a red light to let anemergency services vehicle past.
Findings reveal that, while most people are aware of the laws surrounding emergencyvehicles, around half are willing to flout them to let the emergency servicesthrough.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ""Fining people for pulling into empty buslanes so that life-saving services can get through is just plain wrong.

""Most drivers quite rightly want to get out of the way. Simply catching andpenalizing drivers who break the rules to let emergency vehicles pass will notserve to educate them ""“ people must understand the rules to abide by them.

""Road users must be on the look-out for emergency service vehicles and move out ofthe way where possible but laws have been put in place for the safety of all roadusers. Our survey shows clear support for more clarity and new ways of ensuringpolice, fire and ambulance personnel get to incidents with maximum speed andminimum risk to themselves and others.""�

The HJUK view is that moving through a red light to allow any 'blues and twos' emergency vehicle through should immediately be legalized. It is ridiculous that drivers have to comply with the instructions of a uniformed police officer but cannot know if a vehicle approaching from behind is a police car, an ambulance or a fire engine until the vehicle itself is plainly in view.
 

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As someone who was fined three years ago for pulling into a bus lane to let two fire engines through I can only agree.


My appeal for common sense was met with 'it is not one of the categorised reasons for entering the bus lane, the PCN is upheld'. Muppets!
 

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Planet Ealing where the last ounce of common sense was 'mislaid' many moons ago. A place where they are contemplating spending £5M on a car park nowhere near the shops that are crying out for parking.
 
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