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Transplant Vehicles

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will extend the speeding limit exemption for ambulances to cover transplant vehicles. [121941]

Vehicles used for ambulance purposes are exempt from speed limits when used in an emergency. However the legislation does not contain a definition of what constitutes an ambulance. Whilst other vehicles used to carry human tissue are allowed to use blue lights in an emergency, it would be for a court to decide whether they are permitted to exceed speed limits.The Government are therefore considering whether an amendment to legislation is necessary.