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Ambulance drivers 'throughout the country' are being fined for speeding

inemSeveral INEM ambulance, car and motorbike team members have been done for speeding and fined by the National Road Safety Authority, despite being on life-saving missions.

One INEM motorcyclist in the Algarve responded to a call and ended up with a €300 fine, a two year ban and three points taken off his licence.

The National Institute for Medical Emergencies (INEM) paramedic was clocked at 139 kmph on his motorbike and, despite submitting a statement from the Urgent Patient Centre that proved he was on an emergency mission, he was done.

The INEM staff member said to the press that his situation was ridiculous, "If we are going to save lives, we are not worried about radars."

Pedro Moreira, president of the Union of Emergency Medical Technicians, stressed that these complaints about fines, "are daily events and happen from the north to the south of the country."

In April, the National Road Safety Authority asked that the drivers of emergency vehicles should be identified so they could be sent a fine - but that they could file a written defence in mitigation.

Although the INEM has been confirming who was driving and issuing proof that the vehicle was on a mercy mission, the fine-hungry National Road Safety Authority has ignored any such justification and simply has used the information to issue the fine to the identified driver.

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+1 #9 Denby 2018-06-18 22:46
In Europe, no ambulance driver would be prosecuted for driving fast In any emergency situation.
But if he or she is driving at high speed for for thrill of it, then they should be cautioned or prosecuted.
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0 #8 Terry P 2018-06-17 08:49
Quoting Peter Booker:
In the UK, emergency service drivers may also be fined for breaking traffic laws. We are with the rule here in Portugal that the police do not have the flexibility to stop and warn. If they perceive a transgression, they must punish it. The alternative is that emergency service drivers break the law at will.

I imagine that all emergency service drivers know the state of the law, and of the powers of the police. They should act accordingly.
I am sure if Mrs Booker was being transported to hospital at 40kmph, with her vital signs fading away, you would urge a bit of haste from the driver.
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-2 #7 Terry P 2018-06-17 08:46
Quoting Lord blore:
Of course the police dont get done they work for the state only. Ambulances work for the people and all the people get fines full stop. And the so called state police standing on street corners are not police at all they are revenue collectors for the state. Portugal does not have police force for the people only the state.
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0 #6 Lord blore 2018-06-17 08:37
Of course the police dont get done they work for the state only. Ambulances work for the people and all the people get fines full stop. And the so called state police standing on street corners are not police at all they are revenue collectors for the state. Portugal does not have police force for the people only the state.
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-4 #5 Peter Booker 2018-06-15 10:23
In the UK, emergency service drivers may also be fined for breaking traffic laws. We are with the rule here in Portugal that the police do not have the flexibility to stop and warn. If they perceive a transgression, they must punish it. The alternative is that emergency service drivers break the law at will.

I imagine that all emergency service drivers know the state of the law, and of the powers of the police. They should act accordingly.
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+9 #4 Scruffy D 2018-06-15 08:46
Are they fining the police as well?
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+7 #3 TT 2018-06-15 08:16
Quoting livaboard:
This bureaucratic idiocy will cost lives.

Maybe that's the idea, less sick people = cost-saving.
But how different it would be if it was "one of their own" in the back of an ambulance....
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+8 #2 sagalaut 2018-06-15 07:43
Money V lives. No contest.
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+10 #1 livaboard 2018-06-15 07:04
This bureaucratic idiocy will cost lives.
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