Luxembourg’s ambulances must lose weight!
(ADW) There are currently 128 ambulances on Luxembourg roads, consisting of those that come under the “Protection Civile” category, the fire service, Luxembourg City’s ambulances and private providers.
According to traffic regulations (article 76) many of these vehicles must not exceed a maximum weight of 3.5 tonnes including carrying up to eight passengers.
The most commonly used vehicle is the Mercedes Sprinter van and sometimes the weight transported in these ambulances is so high, that only an extra 290kg can be transported; that’s only about three people.
To deal with this problem the emergency services administration, or “services de secours” now plans an ambulance weight-loss programme. All unnecessary equipment will be removed and a communiqué will be sent out stating that a maximum of two medical emergency staff shall be allocated to each ambulance.
Management of the Luxembourg’s emergency services are currently analysing the vehicle market in order to seek out future ambulances able to transport greater loads.
The issue came to light after a parliamentary question was raised by LSAP politician Claudia Dall'Agnol regarding the state of the country’s ambulances.