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Bangkok today opens the country’s first 2-kilometre long emergency lane to facilitate ambulances to deliver patient to hospital faster.
However penalty for violation of the lane by other vehicles won’t be enforced, but on a voluntary cooperation basis instead.
The opening of the first emergency lane was presided over by deputy speaker of the National Legislative Assembly Mr Surachai Liangboonlertchai.
The Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen also co-chaired the opening of the special lane.
The lane will run from the foot of the Din Daeng expressway close to the Vibhavadi junction, along the Samliem Din Daeng flyover to Rajavithi road, Victory Monument, and ends at Rajavithi hospital.
The emergency lane is marked with broken red line with white cross in red-painted circle mark.
All vehicles must avert either to the right or left as they arrive at the emergency lane to allow ambulance to approach the lane.
Allowing ambulance to enter the lane could help to deliver patient to Rajavithi hospital in 8 minutes, thus saving the life or avoiding permanent disability of the patient.
Pol Gen Pongsapat said if the first emergency lane is proved to be successful in enabling ambulanes to deliver patients to hospital faster and in time, more emergency lanes will be arranged for four other hospitals in the Victory Monument vicinities such as Phramongkutklao, Ramathibodi, the Neurological Institute and Hospital, and the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health.
He said the police will ask for cooperation from drivers to open traffic for ambulance to enter the lane and will not enforce the law for breaking the emergency lane rules in the initial stage.