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Blocking path of ambulance to result in ticket and fine

India traffic commissioner reminds drivers ambulances have right of way to save time transporting ill patients

By Durgesh Nandan Jha

NEW DELHI —Obstructing the path of an ambulance on the city roads will now attract legal action and a fine of Rs 2,000 no less.

“All a hospital has to do is report to us the vehicle number, date and time of violation and proof, if any,” special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander said, after the department issued a circular on Tuesday. “We will verify the facts and issue legal notice if the charges are proved. Defaulters will have to pay a fine of Rs 2,000.” Chander said he would write to all hospitals and request them to share information about errant drivers.

Emergency vehicles — ambulances, fire engines and police patrol vehicles — have the overriding right of way over all motorized traffic on the extreme right lane of all major roads. Most ambulance drivers agree that the rule is rarely followed which leads to loss of precious time in transporting critically ill patients to hospital. Several die on the way after being held up in traffic.

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