10 May 2021
Humberside and Yorkshire Fire Services are reiterating their advice to road users on what to do when coming across blue light vehicles, with more cars now on the roads due to lockdown restrictions easing.
Stay calm, pull over safely and give as much room as possible is the key message from the four brigades – Humberside, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.
Drivers are also being urged not to perform emergency stops in the middle of a road. This, the services say, can end up slowing emergency vehicles down or even bring them to a complete halt.
“It’s crucial that emergency services can get to 999 incidents as quickly and as safely as possible. The response from drivers is generally very good but it’s important to reiterate our advice especially as people are returning to the roads.
“One of the procedures for travelling to a 999 incident is for our drivers to manage the middle of the road. Moving in and out of the lanes is unsuitable for larger vehicles, such as fire engines, as they negotiate traffic. I urge other road users to avoid obstructing our emergency service vehicles and to safely move out of the way at their earliest opportunity.
“Ultimately our key ask is that people remain calm and pull over safely to allow us a route through, observing the Highway Code at all times.” said Chris Blacksell, Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.
The Highway Code states that drivers should give way to blue light vehicles but should avoid moving through a red light, moving into a bus lane or entering a yellow box junction.
Motorists are also advised not to tailgate blue light vehicles once they have passed as this puts the driver, other road users and those within the emergency vehicle at risk.
Parking should also remain a consideration for drivers; and double parking remains a particular problem for the fire service as the fire engine can struggle to get through the gap.
The Blue Light Aware video, produced by GEM Motoring Assist, can be viewed on their website - here: www.bluelightaware.org.uk.
It is widely regarded by police, fire and ambulance services across the country as an essential watch for all UK motorists.