Call to allow ambulances to use bus lanes at all times

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Ambulances should be allowed to use bus lanes in Sheffield even when not responding to an emergency, a transport minister has said.

Andrew Rosindell said in Parliament if empty taxis are allowed to use the lanes, a similar approach should be adopted for emergency vehicles.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill cited Sheffield and Manchester as areas where ambulances are currently not allowed in bus lanes.

He said he has written to every council in the country asking them to change the rules.

He said: “While an ambulance responding to an emergency can use a bus lane, it’s up to a local authority to use its discretion. Authorities like Manchester and Sheffield do not allow ambulances in bus lanes.”