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Making The Most Of Emergency Lights

A MOSCOW, RUSSIA, POLICEMAN was taken aback recently after pulling over an ambulance which was driving "strangely" and looking inside.  The Canada National Post reports:

A law enforcement source told Izvestiya newspaper: "During a patrol, a medical car was stopped because it was breaking traffic rules," said the source. "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."

The source added that inside the ambulance were "not medical personnel but some people in civilian clothes who refused to identify themselves".

A complete lack of medical supplies and equipment was evident also.

They all look the same from the outside…

Moscow's streets are notorious for hours-long gridlocks and city-wide traffic congestion, so some enterprising ambulance operators have done over their vehicles to become similar to a plush limousine on the interior and for the fee of 6,000 rubles ($200 US) an hour they will carry businessmen in a hurry to their destinations while using their emergency lights and sirens to bust through the traffic.

Some of them were even openly advertising their ambulance-taxi services.  The police have said that now they will be randomly checking ambulances to see if they really are one.

This is just the latest "upgrade" to a practice that has been going on for years.  Up until now the ambulance companies have been using their regular emergency cars for taxi service on request.  This video news report from Russia Television (RT) that shows how it's done was filed two years ago:

 

Thanks to Steve the Gnome Handler

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