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Birmingham Council fining Ambulances is a new low

March 4, 2018 9:58 AM

Responding to news that the West Midlands Ambulance Service is being fined 15 times a day for using bus lanes, LibDem Health spokesperson for the West Midlands, Lee Dargue, commented:

"We could all need an Ambulance at any time. Our Ambulance and NHS staff provide a vital service, especially in this awful weather.

"Many people are aware of how badly this Labour-run council in Birmingham is handling it's finances. We can't even have reliable bin collections - and now they choose to prey on the Emergency Services to raise more money - money that the council would only waste.

"Of course buses need the lanes to move people around efficiently - but even if the Ambulance isn't on an emergency at the time it's photographed - it could be called to action at any time.

"A blanket exemption for all Ambulance, Fire and Police services in bus lanes, whilst not holding up our public transport, is surely the only sensible way forward."