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   Examples of Class 4 motor vehicles are ambulances, taxis, buses with a seating capacity of less
   than 24 passengers, and vehicles being used for hire.
 

Emergency vehicles

Legal aspects of emergency
vehicle operation

• The Traffic Safety Act, states that a
   siren on an emergency vehicle shall be
   operated only when the vehicle is being
   used in response to an emergency, an
   emergency call or an alarm.
• When operating an emergency vehicle,
   the law states:
   · (1) Where, considering the
      circumstances, it is reasonable and
      safe to do so, a person driving an
      emergency vehicle may while the
      vehicle’s siren is operating do one or
      more of the following:
   · (a) drive the vehicle in excess of the
      speed limit;

   · (b) proceed past a traffic control
      signal indicating stop or a stop sign
      without stopping;
   · (c) contravene any provision that is
      prescribed by the Act, this or other
      regulations or a municipal bylaw
      governing the use of the highways.
   · (2) An emergency vehicle, while its
      siren is operating, has the right of
      way over all other vehicles.
• Use of the red flashing lights alone,
   does not exempt the driver from the
   Traffic Safety Act.
• The Traffic Safety Act authorizes
   emergency medical operators to
   disregard some traffic laws under limited
   circumstances. Failure to meet the
   requirements of these circumstances
   means that the driver may be subject to
   Civil and Criminal penalties in the event
   of a collision.

 

 66   A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

 

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