[Tagging] Emergency vehicle country-specific law

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Wed Mar 6 13:35:40 UTC 2019

There's quite a few bridges that are *definitely* access=no, emergency=no
in my area, but are *not* disused.  Might not be physically possible to get
a motor vehicle onto the span and definitely not legal to use the span at
all, but, not all people care about rules.

On Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 3:43 AM Mateusz Konieczny <matkoniecz at tutanota.com>

> Mar 2, 2019, 10:12 AM by colin.smale at xs4all.nl:
> Boys, this will vary by legal jurisdiction. These comments are valueless
> unless placed in context.
> Here in NL and as far as I know also in the UK, blue lights and sirens in
> your mirror are also no excuse for your own driving by the way, so you must
> not break any rules or otherwise drive dangerously to facilitate the
> emergency vehicle. Is that the same where you are?
> In NL police have a blanket exemption for all traffic rules in the
> execution of their duty. In the UK there is a fixed list of exemptions, and
> driving the wrong way down a one way street is not one of them, for
> example.
> In Poland it is accepted to (carefully) break traffic laws to make space
> for the emergency vehicle.
> Not sure what is the legal situation, though not making space for
> ambulance would be treated
> as a criminal stupidity - even if it requires doing something inconvenient
> or breaking traffic law.
> Examples that I encountered (and did) include temporary moving to and
> parking on edge
> of road, crossing red light (without moving across crossing), making
> otherwise forbidden
> right turn or U-turn, blocking road for nonemergency vehicles due to
> stopping at green light,
> ignoring markings that forbid changing lanes etc.
> All of it done with extra care and certainly without driving dangerously.
> AFAIK emergency vehicles are exempt from limitations of traffic law
> (including oneway roads,
> forbidden access roads, speed limits, red lights, forbidden turns)
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