NHS trust fined over speeding ambulance

The Oxford Times: NHS trust fined over speeding ambulance NHS trust fined over speeding ambulance

South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust was fined £500 for failing to give police information about one of its drivers who activated a speed camera.

The trust denied that it had failed to supply the information to Thames Valley Police between March 15 and April 12 but was found guilty at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on December 12.

It was required to pay a £50 victims’ surcharge and £85 costs.

Trust spokesman Michelle Archer said the trust followed procedure to let police know it had activated a speed camera by sending a written note.

She said: “Unfortunately on this occasion the response to the notification was sent but did not reach its intended destination.

“As a result of this situation we have improved our process and agreed with our colleagues in the police that we will respond electronically to these notices which will mean that there is less likelihood of such things being lost in the post.”

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9:19am Fri 3 Jan 14

hookyjames says...

What a ridiculous waste of time. In the past, a sensible view would have been taken, and this would never have come to court. I would have thought the Police and the magistrates have better things to do?
What a ridiculous waste of time. In the past, a sensible view would have been taken, and this would never have come to court. I would have thought the Police and the magistrates have better things to do? hookyjames
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2:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Englishman says...

£500 of public money that could have been better spent within the NHS. Well done the Magistrates
£500 of public money that could have been better spent within the NHS. Well done the Magistrates Englishman
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4:49pm Fri 3 Jan 14

snert says...

What a waste of time. You can understand why there have been incidents in the passed when an ambulance takes a different route to avoid the speed camera jst so they don't have to fill in a stack of pointless paperwork.

If a speed camera goes off and the resulting vehicle identification comes back as an ambulance, then it should be flagged up as something to manually check to ensure the plates haven't been stolen and put on a different vehicle. Once identified correctly, any charges should be dropped and that is it.

What a total waste of time. Bureacracy on a stupid level all because the right tick box wasn't filled in. Pathetic.
What a waste of time. You can understand why there have been incidents in the passed when an ambulance takes a different route to avoid the speed camera jst so they don't have to fill in a stack of pointless paperwork. If a speed camera goes off and the resulting vehicle identification comes back as an ambulance, then it should be flagged up as something to manually check to ensure the plates haven't been stolen and put on a different vehicle. Once identified correctly, any charges should be dropped and that is it. What a total waste of time. Bureacracy on a stupid level all because the right tick box wasn't filled in. Pathetic. snert
  • Score: -104

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