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Be Considerate

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has urged motorists to observe the road code and safely give way to emergency vehicles. This comes in the wake of concerns expressed by the
23 Mar 2015 09:23
Be Considerate

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has urged motorists to observe the road code and safely give way to emergency vehicles.

This comes in the wake of concerns expressed by the authority over drivers who stopped at wrong places and others not giving way to emergency vehicles.

LTA chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said not giving way to emergency vehicles was unlawful and could have devastating effects and lead to loss of life and property.

“The Land Transport (Traffic) Regulations 2000, Division 2 (12) on giving way to emergency vehicles clearly stipulates that when approaching or being passed by an ambulance, Police vehicle or fire engine which is sounding or displaying emergency signals, the driver or a motor vehicle must cause his or her vehicle to be brought to a standstill in accordance with regulation 18 or otherwise give way to the emergency vehicle,” Mr Tuinaceva said.

“Moreover, the Land Transport (Traffic) Regulations 2000, Division 4 (18) on stopping and parking clearly stipulates that (1) the driver of a vehicle must, when bringing the vehicle to a standstill – (a). In the case of a two-way street or dual carriage-ways – keep to the left side of the carriage-way; or (b). In the case of a one-way street – keep to the left side or right side of the carriage-way.”

LTA regulations lay down the steps that should be taken when drivers encounter an emergency vehicle while driving:

1. Upon noticing an incoming emergency vehicle (coming from any direction) with sirens or flashing lights operating, to either slow down or move over until the vehicle has passed the vicinity;

2. If you cannot move left safely you should slow down or stop and let the emergency vehicle overtake you;

3. Do not slam on your brakes or stop abruptly blocking the road or a junction. Use your vehicles indicators to let other drivers and the emergency vehicle driver know your intent to pull over;

4. Do not follow an authorised emergency vehicle responding to a call or alarm closer than two car lengths;

5. Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass and watch for more than one emergency vehicle. Check to make sure the way is clear and signal before merging back into traffic; and

6. Do not speed up or try to outrun the vehicle because this is dangerous.

Mr Tuinaceva confirmed that failure to comply with these rules was an offence.

“The offenders will be penalised. This offence carries a maximum penalty of $500 or three months imprisonment and one demerit point,” he said.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 


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