Russia’s ‘Ambulance Taxis’ Fake it to Cheat Traffic

We’ve sometimes wondered if ambulance drivers ever turn on their sirens just to bypass rush hour traffic, and we’re pretty sure it has happened once or twice before.

Well it has certainly been the case in Russia as of late where the shameful act has been turned into a money generating service.

Moscow’s new ambulance taxis cater to the super rich and super impatient. The insides of ambulances are decked out to look and feel like high-class limousines, instead of life-saving vehicles. VIP customers are then whisked away to their destinations, as the sirens blare and move the rest of the drivers out of the way. The service costs patrons 6,000 roubles or $200 an hour.

Thankfully, cops have gotten wind of the scam and are cracking down with ambulance checks to ensure that the sirens are wailing for the right reasons.

According to the National Post, a member of law enforcement described how one of these spot checks recently unfolded when they found an offender.

“During a patrol, a medical car was stopped because it was breaking traffic rules” he said. “The driver appeared strange, and did not resemble an ambulance driver at all. Police officers opened the automobile to check it and saw that the interior was fitted out like a high-class limousine with comfortable seats for transporting VIP passengers.”

He also revealed that “inside the ambulance were ‘not medical personnel but some people in civilian clothes who refused to identify themselves.’”