Fire engines, red rhinos and fire-medical vehicles are allowed to beat red lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions when responding to emergencies starting from Saturday (1 June).
In a Facebook post on Friday (31 May), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) stated that SCDF emergency ambulances have been exempted from Section 120(3) of the Road Traffic Act since 1 December 2017.
“In a life-threatening emergency, the quick arrival of our responders could mean the difference between life and death,” it stated.
However, the authority stressed that the safety of other road users is its priority too.
“Our drivers must slow down and come to a complete stop at a traffic junction, and only move off when it is safe to do so. The vehicles’ siren and blinker lights will also be switched-on to alert other road users of their presence,” it noted.
“You too can make a real difference in saving lives by giving way to emergency vehicles,” SCDF stated.