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You are approaching a green light in vehicle A. An ambulance sounding its siren is approaching the same intersection and has a red light. You should: You are approaching a green light in vehicle A. An ambulance sounding its siren is approaching the same intersection and has a red light. You should:

  • A. Pull over to the left before you reach the intersection.

  • B. Slow down and stop if necessary to prevent getting in its way.

  • C. Keep driving because you have the green light.

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Wait at the intersection until the ambulance has passed through. Ensure there are no other emergency vehicles following it.
     
 
 
 

Emergency vehicles: ambulance sirens

ambulance NSW

Ambulances have ambulance written in reverse on the front so that you can read it in your rear-view mirror.

If you are waiting at an intersection the ambulance driver will find a way through. Don't emerge into the intersection unless the ambulance waits behind you, and only emerge on a green light, not a red light. If you go through into the intersection you could receive a red light camera fine, and you put yourself in danger of being hit by other vehicles in the intersection. Emergency services drivers are trained not to pressure a driver into doing something dangerous.

If you have a green light and you are waiting and hear an ambulance at the intersection approaching from a road that has a red light, you must stop and wait until the ambulance has passed through the intersection. There could be one or more emergency vehicles, especially if it's a fire engine (a large fire might require two or more vehicles).

More information about emergency vehicle sirens.