Drive with a Heart: Give Way to Emergency Vehicles
18 January 2019
The Singapore Road Safety Council (SRSC), supported by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), has uploaded a public education video on giving way to emergency vehicles on its Facebook Page.
SCDF ambulances are exempted from Section 120(3) of the Road Traffic Act. This allows SCDF ambulance drivers to proceed past red traffic lights and make unauthorised U-turns at non-designated junctions when responding to life-threatening emergencies. Notwithstanding this, SCDF ambulance drivers are still required to ensure that road traffic conditions are safe before doing so.
SCDF would like to remind road users to play their part by being gracious on the road and give way to SCDF emergency vehicles. Upon hearing the siren and/or seeing the flashing blinker lights of an approaching SCDF emergency ambulance, motorists and cyclists are reminded to:
• Stay calm and check the direction of the oncoming ambulance.
• Give way to the ambulance by signalling early and filter towards the left if it is safe to do so. Do not wait until the last minute to do so.
• If unable to filter to the left, let the ambulance overtake you from the left. Do not speed up to block an overtaking ambulance.
• Do not try to outrun or tailgate the ambulance as this can endanger yourself and other road users.
• At traffic light junctions/intersections, slow down and give way to an ambulance even when the lights are in your favour.
• Do not drive through a red traffic light in order to give way to an ambulance.
Under the Road Traffic Act, not giving way to emergency vehicles carries a fine of not more than $160/- and four demerit points.
“In a life-threatening medical emergency, every minute saved has the potential to improve the patient’s chances of survival. We appeal to all motorists to drive with a heart and give way to SCDF emergency vehicles. By doing so, you can make a difference in saving lives". - Assistant Commissioner Yazid Abdullah, Director Medical Department, SCDF.
Click here to watch the video.