Now if the ambulance reaches late on the highway, then the deployment agencies will be fined
NHAI issued a new order
Ambulance deployment agencies will be fined up to 1 lakh for breaking the rules
New Delhi. Ambulances are often late in arriving after an accident on the highway. Many a times, due to this delay, the lives of the accident people come to the fore, but now if the ambulance reaches late on the highway, then the ambulance deployment agencies will be fined. According to TOI, ambulance deployment agencies will be fined for failure to provide service for shifting accident victims to the nearest hospitals within the ‘golden hour’. The ‘Golden Hour’ is the period immediately following the injury, during which there is a maximum likelihood that immediate medical and surgical intervention will prevent the death of the victim.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday issued an order to implement these provisions to strengthen the incident management and rules. The issued circular states that ambulances deployed by civil contractors or agencies should take accident victims to the nearest medical care center for treatment without any delay.
The circular further states that if the ambulance service provider is found to be violating the rule for the first time, then a fine of Rs 10,000, for the second time Rs 25,000 and for the third time this fine will be Rs 1 lakh. NHAI said that breaking the rule for the third time will be treated as a final warning. Thereafter the civil contractor or agencies will be responsible for the action.
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The order said that on the basis of the recommendations of the Highway Authority Project Director or the concerned regional officer, the deployment of ambulances of companies can be banned for six months. NHAI has also authorized project directors and field officers to conduct audits of ambulances and personnel deployed in them by district health departments to assess the capabilities of incident management systems.
Tags: Ambulance Service, NHAI
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 28, 2022, 09:35 IST