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Emergency Vehicles

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to (a) issue guidance and (b) write to chief constables to advise police forces not to prosecute ambulance and other emergency vehicle drivers for exceeding the speed limits while transporting human tissue and human organs.[120023]

I am very aware of the current concerns about the legal position of vehicles which exceed the speed limit while transporting human tissue or human organs. I am in discussion on this with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport (Alistair Darling), and will consider in the light of this what guidance or clarification of the law might be necessary.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) ambulance and (b) other emergency vehicle drivers have been prosecuted by police forces for exceeding the speed limit while transporting human (a) tissue and (b) organs in each year since 1984. [120072]