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Rich Russians Hire Phony Ambulances to Beat the Traffic Gridlock

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Aside from buying a helicopter and using it for short journeys within city limits, there is really no way to avoid heavy traffic, especially in the gridlocked urban centers of the world.

Moscow is one such city, but it seems that the crafty Russians have found something much cheaper than a helicopter, in order to quickly get through any tough traffic situations. It appears that ambulances in the Russian capital have been outfitted with plush, luxurious interiors, so that they can then be used as special transportation, for important people!

Just imagine having that kind of power, to make all cars scatter as you rush past at speed, ignoring traffic lights and using the siren excessively. Just imagine the wealthy passengers cracking jokes inside the ambulance, sitting in comfy chairs - receiving full gratification for the hard earned 6,000 rubles ($195 / €150) they have to pay each hour.

This is actually by no means funny, and it shows just how little people care for and respect others nowadays.

The authorities first witnessed the phenomenon first-hand when, “during a patrol, a medical car was stopped because it was breaking traffic rules,” and “the driver appeared strange, and did not resemble an ambulance driver at all. Police officers opened the automobile to check it and saw that the interior was fitted out like a high-class limousine with comfortable seats for transporting VIP passengers.”

Apparently, the people behind the scheme were advertising their services online, calling them "ambulance-taxis", luring their customers with their unbeatable offer – we probably shouldn't be posting this, as it may give some people with no job and lots of free time lots of bad ideas...

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References: National Post

Screenshot via YouTube/RussianEmergencyCars



1 Comments:

hmfa said... »April 01, 2013

Ambulances and the police do that all the time here in Portugal, even for red lights.



It's annoying to have to stressfuly move aside for them to pass just to watch them turn the sirens off a few meters ahead. Some people are even starting to not move aside so quickly anymore when they hear a siren because of this, and some don't even stop when they have a green light and see an ambulance or police vehicle coming from a red light. I don't know how it is in other countries but in here emergency vehicles don't have priority when they're with the sirens on, they're allowed to pass red lights and so on but it's their responsibility if they cause an accident while doing it.

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