Dated: 01 April 2011
SAS Given Same Exemptions as Emergency Services on UK Roads
The Special Air Service (SAS) – first founded during World War 2 - is one of the UK’s first lines of defence against the threat of terrorist attacks.
But up until this week, even this highly skilled regiment of Britain’s finest servicemen was unable to break the speed limit when responding to a potential incident.
Now, thanks to a new ruling, the SAS is permitted to exceed the speed limit, ignore traffic light signals and take no notice of markings on the road, when they are reacting to any potential threats.
So, like the emergency services, the SAS are able to respond to terrorist threats as quickly as they can, without fear of later being reprimanded.
On the UK’s branch of autoblog.com, Mike Penning, the UK’s Transport Minister, was quoted as saying, “It makes sense to give Special Forces the same exemptions that the police already have. They only apply for national security purposes.”