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Moving over a red light line to let an emergency vehicle through
Soadfan1
post Sun, 21 Jul 2019 - 19:45
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So this just happened today, In Walthamstow, London.

Situation was that I was in the right lane of 2 lanes of traffic stationary at a red light. An emergency vehicle sped up behind me flashing and beeping.

After a few second deliberation I made sure evetyhingf was safe and edged forward about 6 yards through the red light into the junction and he sped past and I reversed back again.

At this particular junction there is no other traffic moving into the unction whilst our lights are red so it was not dangerous so to speak.

I just assumed that would obviously be the right thing to do, however since I have read that you can actually be fined for such an event.

Please tell me this isnt true, because it would be disgusting.

Am I likely to receive anything, and can it easily be appealed?

Thanks
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Soadfan1
post Mon, 5 Aug 2019 - 20:47
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Update:

Never received anything for this and I assume it would be under the usual 14 day period for a NIP?

Thanks for the replies though guys.
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Southamptonadi
post Tue, 20 Aug 2019 - 12:25
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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 - 14:34) *
QUOTE (Dwain @ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 - 21:26) *
I am not simple, however I do understand that whilst sat in a car at a red light I am not in a position to determine if an emergency vehicle is on a life or death run or just going off shift late
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It's a bit like speeding, an absolute offence, you either did or didn't do it. How the bench treats you is in the lap of the god's.

You have however completely missed the point. It is not up to you to decide whether the emergency vehicle driver is entitled to use any legal exemptions, you must comply with red lights unless directed to go through them by a uniformed police officer.

But there are other examples where it would be perfectly lawful in the UK to drive through red lights, it would clearly be lawful in circumstances such as these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjl4KlQiTYY

You might want to read up on duress of circumstances.


And as the OP said it was an unmarked car, was the officer uniformed and even was it a police car? As don't fire station officers always use unmarked cars nowadays instead of travelling in the fire engine.
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cp8759
post Tue, 20 Aug 2019 - 12:32
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QUOTE (Southamptonadi @ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 - 13:25) *
And as the OP said it was an unmarked car, was the officer uniformed and even was it a police car? As don't fire station officers always use unmarked cars nowadays instead of travelling in the fire engine.

I've always known fire officers to use marked up vehicles like this one https://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/Assets/1/2-...d51f2.jpg?t=246

Why would the fire service need a covert vehicle?


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Charlie1010
post Tue, 20 Aug 2019 - 13:21
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I had a neighbour who works at the fire station.
He has a flashing light he can use in his unmarked car for attending emergencies.

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