Blue light register: HPAC can only accept blue light certificates or training that's recognised by the NHS Ambulance Service Driver Training Advisory Group (DTAG).NHS Ambulance Service, *Police or *Fire and Rescue.
For clarification, an NHS Ambulance Service” means—
NHS Ambulance Trust or an Ofqual accredited L3 CERAD conversion course issued either by FutureQuals or Qualsafe.
If your Driver's Licence has seven points or more, we will not be able to add you to the Blue Light Register or reflect you as a blue light driver on your HPAC profile. You will be removed from the blue light register if you acquire six points or more on your driver's licence at any point during your registration with us. It is the registrant's responsibility to inform us if the points on their licence are reduced to below six points if they wish to be added or re-added to the blue light register.
HPAC recognised 4x4 emergency response driver entitlement: You must supply evidence of having completed specialised training for the operation of 4x4 vehicles in combination with a DTAG recognised blue light driving qualification. If no 4x4 training certificate is supplied in your blue light evidence section, by default 4x4 will NOT be included on your HPAC blue light driver's licence card and 4x4 as a blue light vehicle class will be removed from your profile if you have selected it. HPAC reserves the right to reject a 4x4 course if we are unable to verify the legitimacy/quality/content of the course or company named on any certificate supplied as evidence.
One of the underpinning principles of the HPAC is to simplify and assist NHS Ambulance Trusts (and the wider arrangement) in standardising practices across the UK, meaning that in the area of driver training, the focus is ambulance centric. It is not, therefore, the function of HPAC to recommend qualifications for acceptance. Should NHS Ambulance Trusts, at a point in the future, decide to accept a currently "unaccepted qualification" for this role, applicants who possess these are free to apply to the register. Equally, should recognition or acceptance of a currently accepted qualification be withdrawn by the NHS, then the HPAC would no longer be able to maintain such registration on our system.
Section 87 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
Exemption of fire brigade, ambulance and police vehicles from speed limits. E+W
(1)]No statutory provision imposing a speed limit on motor vehicles shall apply to any vehicle on an occasion when it is being used for Fire and rescue authority], for ambulance purposes or police purposes, if the observance of that provision would be likely to hinder the use of the vehicle for the purpose for which it is being used on that occasion.
(1B)In subsection (1A), “an NHS ambulance service” means—
(a)an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust established under the National Health Service Act 2006 which has a function of providing ambulance services;
(b)an NHS trust established under the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006 which has a function of providing ambulance services;
(c)the Scottish Ambulance Service Board.
Section 50 of the Deregulation Act 2015.
Ambulance Purposes was defined in the case of DPP v ISSLER where an Ambulance is described “the vehicle had to be designed or adapted so that it was capable of conveying sick, injured or disabled persons and to do with a frequency such that the core activity might fairly be designated as its primary use.” Critically this approach focused on the sole or primary use, not what the vehicle was being used for on the day. It was ruled that a car could never fulfil the definition of an Ambulance as the existing legislation was held to be correct that
“Ambulance” means: “A Vehicle which is constructed or adapted for, and used for no other purpose other than, the carriage of sick, injured or disabled people to or from welfare centres or places where medical or dental treatment is given and is readily identifiable as a vehicle used for the carriage of such people by being marked “Ambulance” on both sides.” Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1997
An “Ambulance” is:
“A Vehicle specially designed for that purpose, the vehicle should have the facility to secure a recumbent person in a stretcher, or it should be fitted with the necessary ramp or lift and clamps to enable a person or persons to be safely loaded, unloaded, and transported in a wheelchair.” H.M. Customs & Excuser.: Item 11 of Group 7, Schedule 9 to the VAT Act 1994 Exemptions.