Thursday 27 October 2016

Emergency services issued with speeding tickets

Geraldine Gittens

Published 13/04/2016 | 17:51

Photo: Facebook/ National Ambulance Service
Photo: Facebook/ National Ambulance Service

Members of the country’s emergency services have been issued with speeding tickets while carrying out their duties, it has emerged.

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The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has confirmed to that the operators of speed vans have issued the service with fixed charge notices.

However, the tickets can be cancelled if the vehicle in question is shown to have been used during the course of duty.

“The NAS position on this is covered by Ambulance Operations (Fleet) Policy NASP009 which identifies that if a NAS vehicle is clearly identified and on an emergency response (i.e. responding to an emergency call allocated by the National Emergency Operations Centre), that vehicle should be exempted from speed limits under road traffic legislation.”

“An emergency response does not allow the operator of any vehicle to drive without due care and attention. The regard for public safety shall always be the primary consideration.”

“NAS vehicles and crews are exempt from prosecution if they meet the above criteria."

If the vehicle and crews do not meet the criteria the driver may be liable for the full costs of the summons and any sanctions which accompanies that prosecution, the NAS confirmed.  

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochana also confirmed that the notice can be cancelled if the driving was in the performance of duties, and did not endanger the safety of road users.

“When a motorist is detected speeding by a safety camera van operated by GoSafe, the offence details and images are validated and the vehicle registration numbers recorded by GoSafe.”

“The data is then sent electronically by GoSafe to the Garda IT Section, where it is uploaded into the Fixed Charge Processing System (FCPS). The registered owner is then issued with a fixed charge notice in the normal way through the post. This is administered by the Fixed Charge Processing Office (FCPO), Thurles in the same way as detections made by Garda personnel.”

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