Individuals driving around in fake emergency vehicles is, unfortunately, not something new. Clearly these people never had the courage or dedication to join the real emergency services, but didn’t want to ‘miss out’ on driving around on blue lights.
One such vehicle was recently stopped by Police in Wales and the driver has been suitably ‘processed’ after a joint effort between the Welsh Police and the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The individuals who do decide to drive these fake vehicles are danger not only to members of the public but are also a menace to the ‘real’ emergency services.
When these fake emergency vehicles are spotted by the general public, then they assume that they are real and so end up giving way, pulling over or driving through red lights in order to let the fake emergency vehicles pass.
Members of the public would probably look on in dismay and shock as these ‘Walter Mitty’ characters dart around with blue lights on their cars driving in a way that real blue light drivers would be truly ashamed of.
Blue light drivers receive at least three weeks of intensive training and are assessed on their driving skills on at least a yearly basis depending on the level of driving accreditation.
A Tweet shared on @SWPSwansea said:
“Male arrested this morning for driving this ambulance in Penclawdd for driving whilst disqualified/no insurance+other offences.
“Great team work by
#team3townhill @SWP_Roads #GowerNPT + @WelshAmbulance.
“Please note this is not a @WelshAmbulance vehicle nor is the driver an employee”.
Anyone with a keen eye would probably notice that there is something ‘wrong’ with this vehicle owing to the after-market wheels and seats which have been fitted to the car.
But many others would have assumed that this shoddy looking vehicle might have actually been an ‘official’ RRV.
So its good news that this driver (and his vehicle) have been taken off of the road. For now at least….
Male arrested this morning for driving this ambulance in Penclawdd for driving whilst disqualified/no insurance+other offences. Great team work by #team3townhill @SWP_Roads #GowerNPT + @WelshAmbulance.Please note this is not a @WelshAmbulance vehicle nor is the driver an employee pic.twitter.com/MKQUkoG938
— South Wales Police Swansea (@SWPSwansea) November 12, 2018
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Great job getting this menace off the road – an insult to anyone who has gone through blue-light driver training @SWP_Roads | @WelshAmbulance (thanks to @samaboutsoon for the 'heads up' with this story) https://t.co/dIEMxdO7OS
— Emergency_Services_Humour (@ES_Humour) November 13, 2018