Red light fine for letting police pass

10.10 | 21 August 2009 |

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News, a driver has been fined for ‘moving a yard through a red light’ to allow a police van responding to an emergency call to pass.

Phillip Lilley was waiting at a junction when he saw the van behind him with its blue lights on and sirens blaring. He edged forward so the van could pass.

A few days later he got a letter to say he had been caught on camera jumping the light and was given a £60 fine and three penalty points.

Mr Lilley requested photographic evidence and was amazed to find it showed him making way for the police van. He said: "The police van is clearly in view but I spoke to the Central Ticket Office and they said I shouldn’t have moved.”

Greater Manchester Casualty Reduction Partnership did not comment on the case but said emergency vehicle drivers were trained to manoeuvre around other cars.
Karen Delaney, spokesperson, said: "If the lights are red you are putting yourself in danger if you go through them. You risk getting a ticket but if there is evidence that backs it up that you have manoeuvred on behalf of an emergency vehicle then we will look into it."

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