Ambulances must get through in life and death situations and road users should simply pull their car to the side of a road for easy passage. However, failure to focus on where your car has parked could land you with a massive £1,000 fine and points on your driving licence.
It states: “Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians, and avoid mounting the kerb.
“Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabouts, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you.”
Motorists are urged to stop before the brow of a hill, a tight bend or narrow section of road before stopping the vehicle.
Drivers travelling on a one-way street are urged to continue at a steady speed until they can pull over safely and let the vehicle past.
Road users are also warned to not try to speed and outrun the vehicle and to only let them past when it is safe to do so.
Emergency services know motorists cannot break these driving laws and will allow some time for drivers to get their vehicles out of the way.
The Blue Light Aware campaign said: “Of course, there will be times when there simply is no room for an emergency service vehicle to get past, or perhaps its crew are activated by their control room to respond to an emergency while they are waiting with everyone else at the traffic lights.
“On these occasions, they know that other motorists are not allowed to ‘jump’ the red light, and the emergency vehicle would ideally not activate its sirens and lights until it was safe for the vehicle in front to cross the solid white line at the junction.”
Chief Executive of GEM Motoring Assist breakdown company, David Williams, says situations can be difficult as it is not always clear what road users are expected to do.
He adds: “As a result, too many members of the public are putting themselves in danger breaking the law or risking damage to their cars while trying to assist an emergency vehicle on a blue light run.”
However, motorists are warned they must move over swiftly and quickly for emergency service vehicles and must not unnecessarily block them.
Obstructing emergency services is a criminal office and motorists could be handed an unlimited fine for causing delays.
Motorists could get hit with up to £5,000 in charges but they would not receive points on their driving licence for the incident.
Poor parking which may block a road and prevent access for emergency services could also see motorists slapped with heavy £5,000 charges.