Motorist in China fined after blocking path of ambulance ferrying dying patient

The black sedan which blocked the path of an ambulance on emergency call in Jinan, China, on Feb 28, 2017.
The black sedan which blocked the path of an ambulance on emergency call in Jinan, China, on Feb 28, 2017.PHOTO: JINAN TIMES

A Chinese motorist was fined for blocking the path of an ambulance on an emergency call lastTuesday (Feb 28) in Jinan, Shandong.

The driver drove at a deliberately slow speed and refused to get out of the ambulance's way, reported the Jinan Times.

The patient inside the ambulance had been in a critical condition following a road accident and later died, but authorities said it was unclear if the delay played a major role.

Video recorded by the ambulance showed the black sedan driving slowly in the fast lane.

The ambulance honked its horn and the sedan driver responded by braking several times.

The ambulance was only able to overtake after about a minute. The two drivers then wound down their windows to exchange sharp words.

According to the report, the car driver did not admit to any wrongdong, claiming that he could not accelerate as the road was sloping upwards. He was fined 200 yuan (S$41) and had three points docked from his driving license.

The maximum punishment for blocking an ambulance or a firefighting truck in China is 10 days in prison or a fine of 500 yuan.

Netizens on Weibo lambasted the motorist for his behaviour, the report said. Many called for a more severe punishment such as revoking the man's driving license, with one user even suggesting the death penalty.