Thursday, August 01, 2013

Interesting for all Blood Bike Riders.

Hi Nigel. 
The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 section 87 makes specific exemptions for Police fire and ambulance and now includes Socpa. No mention of Blood Transfusion cars/bikes etc is mentioned but they are mentioned when it comes to traffic light exemption. 
Extract copied out below. 

S87: Exemption of fire brigade, ambulance and police vehicles from speed limits.(E+W) 

[F1(1)]No statutory provision imposing a speed limit on motor vehicles shall apply to any vehicle on an occasion when it is being used for [F2fire and rescue authority], ambulance or police purposes, if the observance of that provision would be likely to hinder the use of the vehicle for the purpose for which it is being used on that occasion. 
[F3(2)Subsection (1) above applies in relation to a vehicle being used— 
(a)for Serious Organised Crime Agency purposes, or 
(b)for training persons to drive vehicles for use for Serious Organised Crime Agency purposes,as it applies in relation to a vehicle being used for police purposes. 
(3)But (except where it is being used for training the person by whom it is being driven) subsection (1) above does not apply in relation to a vehicle by virtue of subsection (2) above unless it is being driven by a person who has been trained in driving vehicles at high speeds.] 

Traffic lights...covered by the Traffic signs regulations and general directions 2002 

Traffic legislation/regulations provides that on any occasion when a vehicle is being 
used for police, fire, bomb or explosive disposal, National Blood Transfusion 
Service or ambulance purposes, and the observance of a prohibition conveyed by 
the red signal, including portable traffic signals, would be likely to hinder the use of 
that vehicle for the purpose it is being used on that occasion, then the prohibition 
may not apply. The vehicle shall not proceed in such a matter or at such a time: 
a. As is likely to cause danger to the driver of any other vehicle on the road, or 
as to necessitate the driver or any other such vehicle to change its speed or 
course in order to avoid an accident, or 
b. In the case of traffic which is not vehicular, is likely to cause danger to that 
traffic. 
When proceeding past a red signal it should be treated as a 'stop' or 'give way' 
sign and no attempt should be made to proceed unless the driver is sure that the 
way is clear. 

Keep left/Right arrows/bollards... 

Keep Left (Right) Signs. 
The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions, in addressing the „keep left 
(right)‟ sign, provide that on occasion when a vehicle is being used for police, fire 
brigade, bomb/explosive disposal or ambulance purposes, or for Serious Crime 
Agency purposes (including driver training) if the observance of the sign would be 
more likely to hinder the use of that vehicle for the purpose for which it is being 
used on that occasion, then the driver may pass on the wrong side, provided that: 
a. No danger is likely to be caused to the driver of any other vehicle proceeding 
on or from another road or on or from another part of the same road, or 
b. No danger is likely to be caused to non-vehicular traffic proceeding on or 
from another road or on or from another part of the same road. 

Again Blood Transfusion appears to have been excluded from legislation. 

Hope that makes sense. 
Graeme.
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