Drivers could be fined £1,000 if they make the wrong move to let an ambulance pass

You must still obey regular road traffic laws when allowing emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines to pass or you could be fined

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Be careful not to break any driving rules when letting an ambulance pass

Motorists may assume that certain driving rules do not apply when they allow an emergency vehicle to pass.

But the reality is, if you’re not careful you can actually be fined up to £1,000 for breaking the law.

The Highway Code makes it clear that motorists must give way to vehicles with flashing lights, including police cars, fire engines, ambulances and paramedics.

But anyone who drives into a bus lane or runs a red traffic light, for example, faces a hefty fine. The same applies to entering a yellow box junction.

In addition to the fine, some offences, such as B. running a red light, add three penalty points to your driver’s license. reports DevonLive.

The Highway Code’s instructions state, “You should look out for and watch for ambulances, fire engines, police officers, doctors, or other emergency vehicles with flashing blue, red, or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officials and emergency vehicles with flashing amber lighting.”

It’s worth checking the Highway Code to make sure you’re up to date with the current laws

The code says you should stop before a hilltop.

You should also never climb onto the curb, endanger anyone and not brake hard.

Earlier this month we looked at some of the other surprising driving laws that motorists can easily break.

This included unnecessary honking, which can have you fined £30. Your car’s horn is only there to warn other drivers or to warn them of your presence.

It must not be done unnecessarily even when you are feeling stressed or full of anger in the street. It can distract and even shock others, which can lead to unintentional accidents.

In the meantime, you could be fined £60 if you don’t clear your car of snow and ice. Your windshield, lights and license plate must be clear of both.

Avoid crossing the curb or driving through a red light while allowing an emergency vehicle to pass


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Parking on the pavement in London is also against the law and can be fined £70. However, it is allowed elsewhere in the country where a sign allows it.

Another law to be aware of concerns night parking. Rear-facing parking is not permitted at night, unless in an approved parking space. Breaking the rules here could cost you £1,000.

This might surprise you – if you drive through a puddle and splash a pedestrian, you could face a whopping £5,000 fine. You can also get hit with 6-9 points on your license.

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