A FIRE brigade in Granada has received a speeding fine after one of its engines was caught on camera driving at 83 kilometres per hour (about 52mph) in a limit of 60 kilometres per hour (around 38mph).
The public sector workers' union CSIF has complained about how speed cameras do not detect the type of vehicle or take it into account, saying the fire engine – caught exceeding the limit on the Las Gabias road out of the city – was on its way to a fire in the metropolitan district of Churriana de la Vega at the time.
So far, the traffic authorities have turned down the appeal against the fine.
“At the very least, the cameras should take into account that the speeding vehicle had flashing warning lights,” said the CSIF.
“The fire brigade is a public service which acts in emergency situations, and the law allows emergency vehicles dealing with an urgent case to break the speed limit.
“Firefighters have to use all five senses constantly when driving to an emergency and simply cannot be worrying about whether or not he or she is going to be fined for traffic offences.”
According to the CSIF, this is not the first time a fire engine has been fined for speeding, jumping a red light, or any other, similar offence committed necessarily in the course of duty, and probably will not be the last.