It's basic courtesy to give way to emergency vehicles


Every few days while I am on my way to work on the Central Expressway, I will witness the frustrating and selfish acts of fellow motorists when they encounter an emergency vehicle.

Behaviour that I have seen includes speeding up rather than changing lanes to give way to the emergency vehicle; signalling but making no attempt to change lanes promptly; and refusing to give way to other motorists who are giving way to emergency vehicles.

I don't think this needs a public education campaign - it's basic common sense and public spiritedness.

In medical emergencies, a few minutes could make the difference between life and death.

I urge the authorities to grant ambulance drivers the right to capture on their ambulance cameras errant motorists who hog lanes or refuse to give way .

These motorists should be taken to task.

Dr Kalaiyarasi Kaliyaperumal

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2017, with the headline 'It's basic courtesy to give way to emergency vehicles'. Print Edition | Subscribe