Traffic Police Finalizes Measures on Yielding in Emergency Situations
City traffic police are now finalizing detailed measures that will describe how vehicles must respond to ambulances and other vehicles in emergencies. The traffic police bureau made simple instructions on how to yield to ambulances in different traffic situations and have invited the public to an open forum and discussion.
Traffic police said that vehicles on one lane roads must pull over to the roadside if there is room, or to speed up in case there is no room to pull over. On two lanes vehicles must move to the right hand of the lane to give way to emergency vehicles. In cases when an ambulance arrives at a red light, blocking vehicles can drive over crosswalks but must make sure that there are no pedestrians then they can pull over to the right side. Vehicles driving parallel with ambulances most not overtake them or cut into the lane of the rushing ambulance.
In most situations in Shenzhen the ambulances can pass drivers if they yield, but still there are some drivers that continue to drive forward and ignoring the ambulances. To battle this problem traffic police have installed monitoring cameras on ambulances to record any vehicles that failed to yield so that they can use the video as evidence in pursuing violations and penalties.
Vehicles caught will be fined up to 300 yuan or have three points added to their licenses. Driver that violate traffic rules to yield to ambulances will not be subjected to fines and violations.