South East ambulances to have speed controls

Speed control devices are to be installed in ambulances in a bid to to keep down fuel costs and reduce emissions.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said vehicles' speed would be restricted when it was not an emergency.

The trust said a trial in Chertsey, Surrey, had suggested the move could reduce fuel usage by 10%.

It said it would be rolled out across Kent, Sussex and Surrey in the coming months.

A spokesman said vehicles not responding to an emergency would be restricted to 62mph.

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