Five special lanes for ambulances are now in use near Bangkok hospitals, a senior Bangkok Metropolitan Administration official said on Tuesday.
Panurak Klunnurak, director of the BMA’s Traffic and Transport Department, said the BMA had cooperated with traffic police to open five special lanes for ambulances, called “emergency lanes”, on five roads to allow them to reach hospitals faster instead of being stranded in traffic.
The five routes with an emergency lane are:
1. From the spot under the Din Daeng expressway at the Din Daeng triangle to the flyover at the Din Daeng intersection, onwards to the Victory Monument past Soi Ratchavithi 13 to Ratchavithi Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated the emergency lane.
2. From the Naralom intersection on Silom Road to Lerdsin Hospital. Half of the second and third lanes have been designated as an emergency lane.
3. From the Sua Pa intersection on Sua Pa road to the BMA’s Central Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.
4. From Yukol 2 Road to Bamrung Muang Road, onwards to the BMA’s Central Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.
5. From the Thanon Tok intersection of Thanon Tok Road to Charoen Krung Pracharak Hospital. The rightmost lane has been designated as the emergency lane.
Panurak explained that normal vehicles could in drive in the emergency lanes, but they must move aside to make way once there is an ambulance behind them.
The emergency lanes have been designated following several cases reported on social media that vehicles would not move aside for ambulances to pass through, and that some cases had led to the deaths of patients who failed to reach hospital in time.