The driver of a Citroën SLJ1709M was caught on camera by an ambulance for refusing to give way during an emergency, despite the ambulance’s sirens, blinkers and repeated honks.
The incident happened on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE) towards Tuas near Stevens Road on 23 June at 7PM.
A viral video of the driver’s selfish actions was posted online by a netizen, whose company runs a fleet of ambulances. His employee had been behind the wheel in the incident.
According to the netizen, the ambulance was transporting an elderly woman who had suffered a fall and required emergency attention. He described the driver of Citroën SLJ1709M as arrogant and stubborn for his refusal to give way to the emergency vehicle despite there being no difficulty to do so.
He said in a phone interview with reporters: “Only after 1.5km did he decide to give way, causing lots of stress for family members and the driver to rush the patient to the hospital.
“Even the police will give way to ambulances and we have encountered many considerate drivers who let us pass, which I appreciate.
“Do not hinder the jobs of ambulance drivers because it is very stressful, especially when we have to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the road.”