When must you pull over and allow an ambulance or fire engine to pass? When must you pull over and allow an ambulance or fire engine to pass?

  • A. If it is travelling faster than you want to

  • B. You don't need to let it past - you can speed up so you're not holding it up

  • C. If its siren and/or red flashing lights are on

  • D. At all times

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    The correct answer is C
     
    Correct. The lights and siren indicate it is attending an emergency
     
 
 
 

What's the maximum speed an ambulance can drive?

The New Zealand Ambulance Board states that ambulances are allowed to travel at up to 30kph over the posted speed limit, unless it's a temporary speed limit such as roadworks where they have to stick to that limit.

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When their lights are flashing because they're attending to an emergency they are also allowed to travel through stop signs, traffic lights and give way signs at no more than 20kph through the intersection. Emergency services drivers won't do anything to encourage other drivers to drive through red traffic lights.

If you hold an ambulance or fire engine up on the road then you could potentially cause loss of life. 

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