Blocking an ambulance is a major offence in India and in past, the authorities have booked several vehicles for blocking emergency vehicles like ambulances. In a new incident, a Toyota Innova Crysta blocked an ambulance in Kerala. Here is what happened.
The incident happened in Kollam, Kerala. The Innova Crysta seen in the video is blocking the way of an ambulance that was carrying a patient. As per the video report, the ambulance was transporting a heart patient who was critical at that time.
The ambulance was travelling on the undivided roads when the Toyota Innova Crysta started blocking its way. The video shows how the Innova Crysta driver makes sure that his vehicle is in front of the MPV and did not let pass the emergency vehicle for a long time.
According to the reports, the Innova Crysta blocked the ambulance for five long kilometres. The video shows that the Toyota Innova Crysta was flouting the laws and even had thick curtains installed, which is not legal in India.
The car is blacklisted
The Toyota Innova Crysta in the video belongs to a resident of the locality. The locals say that this is not the first time that this Innova Crysta owner has done something like this. In the past too, he has violated several rules and laws. The car is also blacklisted according to the locals. However, the authorities have not commented on the matter yet.
The car is blacklisted due to numerous violations that it committed in the past. The kind of violations and the exact reason for blacklisting the vehicle remains unknown. We are not sure if the RTO or the cops have booked him for his latest offence of blocking the ambulance.
A driver arrested in Karnataka
As we said above, many such incidents have caused the authorities to take action against the culprits. The Karnataka Police arrested a driver of a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga for deliberately blocking an ambulance on the highway. The incident took place on the National Highway 66 between Thokkottu to Pumpwell in the Dakshina Kannada district.
Not giving way to emergency vehicles is an offence in India and the culprits can be booked for the same. However, there are regular instances where motorists just try to go ahead of the emergency vehicles on the road which delays the emergency vehicle. The new MV Act has a provision to challan as much as Rs 10,000 on the violators who deliberately block the way of emergency vehicles.
Not giving way to such important vehicles can create dangerous situations for the people who are in need of them. While there are strict rules for giving way in the developed countries, in India, most motorists do not even follow the lane-driving rule. However, it is imperative to always be on alert and let emergency vehicles pass through whenever they are in the mirror with their siren and flashers switched on.
It is important to slow down and even stop the vehicle if needed to make way for emergency vehicles. Such vehicles include ambulances, fire engines, highway patrol vehicles and police vehicles. The attitude shown by the crowd in this video is exceptional and admirable. This is how the whole country and world should react to emergency vehicles.