Ambulance driver could lose licence over 112mph emergency dash

An ambulance driver who was clocked doing 112mph while delivering a liver for a life-saving operation could lose his licence and, as a result, his job.

Paul Bex, 51, was delivering the organ from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge to the North East in a private ambulance when he was flashed by a speed camera in Lincolnshire.
Even though he had his blue lights switched on and was on an emergency call, a loophole in the law means that he could still be prosecuted as he was not carrying a patient at the time.

Despite an appeal by his employers, Lifeline Medical Transport Service, Mr Bex will have to appear in court to contest the charge. The worst case scenario is that he could lose his licence, as anyone caught speeding over 100mph is subject to an automatic, 12-month ban.

Mr Bex told The Mail: "I was doing my job safely and as quickly as possible. Now I find out I could lose my licence.

"I have been trained in the same way that the police are trained. I have to take care of myself and the organ and other people on the road.

"The worst outcome is I could lose my licence, which means I will not be able to work"

Dave Cooper, operations manager at Lifeline, said Mr Bex faced legal action because of the definition of an ambulance, which dates back to 1946.

"An ambulance is defined as a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of conveying sick, injured or disabled persons," he said.

"The definition does not extend to vehicles used for the transportation of blood or human tissue."
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