Deploy mobile escorts for emergency vehicles

In addition to ambulances, SCDF fire engines, Red Rhino fire trucks and fire-medical vehicles responding to emergencies are exempted from laws under the Road Traffic Act.
In addition to ambulances, SCDF fire engines, Red Rhino fire trucks and fire-medical vehicles responding to emergencies are exempted from laws under the Road Traffic Act. PHOTO: ST FILE

The news that more emergency vehicles will be allowed to drive through red traffic lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions reflects an important step in the right direction to save time during emergencies (Firefighting vehicles allowed to run red lights, June 1).

Every second counts when property and lives are at stake during emergencies. Our roads are constantly filled with vehicles, causing delays for these emergency vehicles.

I suggest that Traffic Police motorcycle riders be deployed to escort emergency vehicles and clear the road for them to reach their destinations more quickly.

I am sure this will save a lot of valuable time, thus saving property and lives.

Victor Tan Thiam Siew

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Deploy mobile escorts for emergency vehicles'. Print Edition | Subscribe