Park­ing is putting lives 999 emer­gency crews

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

such as thought­less park­ing by some mo­torists, which can be com­pounded at night.

“In­con­sid­er­ate park­ing is a con­tin­u­ing is­sue that we work with the var­i­ous en­forc­ing au­thor­i­ties on.

“The prob­lem is not just in Peter­bor­ough, but in many places across the county. Wis­bech in par­tic­u­lar is an area where our crews have worked with the po­lice in the town to high­light the prob­lem and speak with res­i­dents there. In some cases the po­lice is­sued fines.”

The spokesman said prob­lem ar­eas in the city in­cluded nar­row Glad­stone Street and Cromwell Road, where the nine foot wide en­gines strug­gled to ne­go­ti­ate the streets and get to fires.

A spokesman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust said badly parked cars could cost paramedics cru­cial sec­onds.

He said: “We al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate mo­torists giv­ing the best ac­cess pos­si­ble to our ve­hi­cles be­cause ev­ery minute counts in an emer­gency and we would ask the pub­lic to park with con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Con­sid­er­ate park­ing in­cludes think­ing about blind spots for on-com­ing ve­hi­cles, en­sur­ing an am­bu­lance is able to travel through the road with­out prob­lems, and help­ing crews park very close to the ad­dress we’re called to.”

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “Emer­gency ser­vices pro­vide an es­sen­tial ser­vice for the pub­lic to keep peo­ple safe from harm, there­fore it is es­sen­tial for emer­gency ve­hi­cles to be able to get to their des­ti­na­tion with­out ob­struc­tion, as ev­ery minute counts.

“We would like to re­mind mo­torists of the im­por­tance of con­sid­er­ate park­ing and to

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