Overtake an ambulance and lose your driving licence


Bengaluru, Oct 8 (DHNS): Overtaking an ambulance, which has the right of way, may soon cost your driving licence as the State government has issued strict orders to the Road Transport Department as well as the police to cancel the driving licence of offenders.

Speaking at the launch of 150 additional 108 Arogya Kavacha ambulances at Vidhana Soudha here, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said: “The heavy traffic on roads makes life difficult for ambulance drivers. Overtaking them adds to their woes. To prevent it, we are contemplating licence cancellation. The transport department and the police have been issued necessary directions,” said Siddaramaiah. He urged motorists to make way for ambulances transporting the sick, on grounds of humanity.

The chief minister said the road regulations mandate that every driver must give free passage to ambulances and fire tenders by drawing to the side of the road. However, people show scant regard to such regulations and violate it with impunity. With the growing numbers of vehicles in the State, it is a challenge for patients to get medical help in time.

‘Health for all’

Drawing a comparison with the previous government, he said his government’s priority was to ensure “Health for all”. He recalled that before the Congress government came to power in the State, there were just 517 ambulances. With the addition of 150ambulances today, their number has been augmented by 368 in all, he noted.

Minister for health and family welfare U T Khader said, “We will replace the ambulances that have covered more than 3 lakh kilometres with new ones in the near future.”

He also said that the State government would look into the demands put forth by 108 ambulance drivers association for hike in wages and regularisation of jobs. Khader said that the overdues of Accredited Social Health Activists would also be cleared soon.

“The honorarium paid to them would be deposited in their bank accounts directly,” he added. 

  

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  • Prashanth, Udupi / Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 10 2015

    Dear CM Will the same rules applicable to the politicians also or only for the common public???. (Like when the politician goes on the road, they block the other traffic. What if the ambulance is stuck in that traffic)

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  • grao, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Oct 9 2015

    good move..... even politician's vehicle or convoy should not ambulance.

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Fri, Oct 9 2015

    our politicians are good in taking all the measures or rules which are applied only on public. for themselves they don't want to take not even one rule. When the VIP culture drive was on, the same stupid CM told, can't help, public need to bear these problems. At least for the sake also he didn't say that we will try to avoid such situations. he was happy for a VIP to block the way of Ambulance. But when the question of ordinary people comes, he was the license to be terminated... look at the daring and dominating nature of our CM and HM. wow. pity on ourselves.

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  • Vikram Kateel, Dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Please click this link Karnataka-CM-blocks-way-of-3-ambulances-carrying-patients-for-his-own-convenience
    Undoubtedly, it's a commendable move.How can we expect the successful implementation of the new rule? Those who know the importance of Life will definitely follow the road rules.

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  • Felix DSouza, Bejai / Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    LAW MAKERS ARE THE LAW BREAKERS Any Politician blocking the Traffic when there is a Ambulance carrying a Accident Victim or patient should be banned from contesting the Election.Any V V I P/relatives of politician blocking the traffic / misbehaving with public should taken into custody immediately.

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  • JNB, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    this rule for All ???

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Thu, Oct 8 2015


    First of all, all traffic blockades for VIPs should be banned all over India.

    Indians must learn to give way to ambulances, police or any other emergency vehicles on the roads in the first place.

    Recently there was a debate on NDTV about Feku's entourage blocking traffic, causing too many hardships to public.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Awesome, I wish they also add "Block an Ambulance's way and loose your license for lifetime"

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  • Ram Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    "Bravo" whoever decide this law, he took a right decision... Good Luck.
    Nagesh beware

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    There are no lane discipline followed in India, no proper wide roads so Ambulance will not get a chance to move / overtake in the first place. So where is the question of overtaking an Ambulance?

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  • paul dsouza, balakunje

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    SO FUNNY...EVEN EMERGENCY LANE IF PROVIDED...TANKER & TRUCKS THEY OCCUPY....! HAMARE DESH KE LOGON KA MIND SET AJEEB SAA HAI. PEOPLE MUST REALIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF AMBULANCE SIREN. HELICOPTER IS BEST OPTION...!!! STILL I CANT TRUST HELICOPTER SERVICES. IN BETWEEN PATIENT DIED, THEY MAY DROP HIM OR HER SOME WHERE IN DUMPING AREA.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Good move, give way to ambulance or loose driving licence.
    What about those who are driving without license?

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  • shahsi shetty, santhoor

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    rule in the right direction even though I doubt how will it be enforced. instead there should be a plan to keep an emergency lane in all the arterial roads.

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  • Bhaskar T Shetty, Nandalike/Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    What about Nidde Ramayya ..who always blocks Road for Ambulances...

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  • Bryan, Bahrain

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    And what if the person who overtakes an ambulance is a Bade Baap Ka Beta or Bete, then what...

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  • stan, dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Than if Police catches than he will loose his job... If Ambulance driver complains than his licence will be cancelled.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Officer who confiscate the driving license gets show cause notice!!!

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    What if a driver overtakes Ambulance but doesn’t have driving license yet???? First let the 108 Ambulance comes on time!!!!

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    If a M L A, Minister or a Cheif Minister's drivers commit this offence than the concerned person should lose his membership of assembly for a period of six years and the drivers licence should be cancelled for at least one year and thereafter he should get a new licence

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  • Hubert D'souza, Mangalore Dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Even Do Not Leave Red Light Cars And Their Drivers If They Overtake Ambulance!!!!!!!

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  • suresh bhat m, PUTTUR

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Good orders. BUT WHAT ABOUT BLOCKING OF AMBULANCE FOR HOURS TOGETHER JUST TO MAKE WAY TO VIPs AND CHIEF MINISTERS PASSAGE ?. I think this new rule is only to poor Auto drivers and innocents

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  • makeMyDay, makeMyDay

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    over taking resulting in takeover

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Correct. good decision.

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  • Riyaz, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Excellent move by the Govt. However, it's not difficult to drive even without a driving licence in India. If caught, it's very easy to get out through so many means.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Common Sense finally prevailed ...

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  • stan, dubai

    Thu, Oct 8 2015

    Good rule....Overtake an ambulance and lose your driving licence. Make also rule that anyone is blocking the way of ambulance will loose their job... Most of the places when Minister or any politicians visit.... they will block the road,to make smooth travelling of these people.Such minister must be thrown off.

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