Emergency service vehicle training pulled from debate

A REPORT allowing emergency service drivers to break the speed limit for training reaccreditation was pulled from yesterday’s debate following a raft of criticism from safety-concerned deputies.

A REPORT allowing emergency service drivers to break the speed limit for training reaccreditation was pulled from yesterday’s debate following a raft of criticism from safety-concerned deputies.

Home Department minister Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, pictured, said the report – which would have also removed a requirement for vehicles to sound sirens at appropriate times – would help ensure drivers’ capability to use local roads was monitored.

‘Guernsey is the only jurisdiction that is not able to train and test driver-capability in roads they are expected to use,’ he said.

He stressed that no initial driver training would be undertaken on island.

But Deputy Barry Brehaut criticised the report for both its timing and its lack of detail.

Comments for: " Emergency service vehicle training pulled from debate"


Perhaps they should join the autocross teams . this will give the experience of speed and of dangers in the way.

They have managed so far. just let older driver go at speed.or those with more years of driving experience.

They do a great job already and if I needed an ambulance I hope it will get here as fast as it can

a voter

I`m glad these stupid proposals have been shelved and hopefully forgotten.

We are not the "mainland" where they have long open roads where excessive speed can be reached.

Why should our emergency services need to train in car chases at 100 mph when even at full speed on sprint meetings at Vazon Coast Road the competitors rarely exceed that speed?

If anyone wants to travel at that speed, for whatever reason, then the Police only have to follow at a slightly higher than legal speed and pick up the pieces when the idiot crashes.

As far as getting through traffic faster, then that speed will always be governed by the congestion on the roads and will not change.

A driver can only move over safely if the space allows him to and I think that motorists do a very good job of letting Emergency Vehicles through now.

You very rarely see one held up even along the most congested road on the island, the Eastern Roads from Town to St. Sampsons and The Bridge.

NO, we don`t need to train our police to be "boy racers".


Just a point about the Vazon sprint, I think you'll find quite a few exceed 100 mph by some margin. I guess it depends which class you're talking about though and if its dry or wet.


Yes they do, but no one is coming the other way and they use all the road to do so.


Another example of Rice attempting to enforce UK style policing and policy into our little island where it isn't needed I suspect.

Oh that reminds me. Anyone seen the 200k armoured land rover in use yet?

No, thought not.

Pot Shot

I've heard that the armoured land rover is being converted into a kind of "Popemobile" which will be used to transport our exalted head of police / customs / border agency / tomorrow the world, from one high level meeting to the next.

Apparantly he's worried about nippers from Les Genats taking pot shots at him with their BB guns, and ne'er do wells from L'Aumone using modified kitchen knives to slash his tyres.


One good thing could be traffic lights switched to green to allow any emergency vehicle to go through on request.

Should be simple with tracking tech today


(Forest) I hear that they have entered it for the next sprint!

a voter

A little anecdote about emergency vehicles.

In the 1980s I was walking near a large roundabout close to The Imperial War Museum in London.

It was during the evening rush hour and in the distance I could hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle coming towards us.

In seconds four police units appeared and blocked each entry to the roundabout and the roundabout was cleared of all traffic.

An Ambulance came out of nowhere, sirens blaring, and raced through the roundabout and onwards to wherever it was going.

Again, within seconds, the police units disappeared and the traffic flowed once again as if nothing had happened, wonderful co-ordination between the services and, very importantly, the public who acted brilliantly and as if it was an every day occurrence which, I guess, in London it is.

Drive safely.