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by on March 24, 2013 at 12:38 pm in Law, Medicine | Permalink

According to this story in Canada’s National Post, cops in Moscow have been ordered to inspect ambulances after learning that VIP commuters are riding around in “ambulance taxis” that cost as much as $200 per hour.

These aren’t just ordinary ambulances, either. They’ve been cleverly fitted with fancy and luxurious interiors so their passengers can eat caviar and sip champagne while they blow through traffic with lights and sirens blazing.

The story is here, tweeted here, hat tip goes to HL.

Joe March 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Adam Ferrara had an ambulance taxi on Top Gear in Vegas. The customers loved it and he earned the most tips.

Enrique March 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

At least they are willing to pay for the privilege of getting through traffic. Politicians get to enjoy this perk at public expense

Max March 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Here’s a video from 2 years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkhZCmaa4qM

Jan March 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Ha. They are using the ambulance of an actual private clinic (http://www.extramed.ru/), and providing receipts on company stationary. At the end, the driver tells him not to tell anyone.

Jan March 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Actually, it is a private medical transport company rather than a clinic. I don’t know what’s to stop someone from pretending to be sick and telling the company they need a lift to the doctor, who happens to be next to hotel. Are police going to stop ambulances while they’re potentially delivering a critically ill patient to the hospital, sirens blaring and everything?

Nick_L March 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Walking down a street, Vladimir and Dmitry are passed by an ambulance.
Vladimir turns to Dimitry and says “I think that the people should see me driving an ambulance”
Dmitry says “But what about the traffic jams, you might get lost – wouldn’t that look bad?”
Vladimir “That’s easy, I’ll just follow Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s ambulance”
Dmitry “But what if he’s lost, too?”
Vladimir “Oh, trust me, I know where’s he’s headed – even if he doesn’t”

ben March 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

the government should regulate these vehicles similar to a congestion tax.

axa March 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Not rich enough for helicopter taxi? Or Moscow weather is not good for it?

Nikki March 24, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Rich enough to have all air traffic above Moscow outlawed.

Alexei Sadeski March 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Seems obvious that the police will get in on the action.

JP Saladin March 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm

In order to avoid being late for live broadcasts, including The Shadow, during the heyday of radio in the 1930s, Orson Welles employed ambulance services, sirens wailing, to drive him from various broadcast studios and to the Mercury Theater where he was rehearsing and performing in the evenings. There was then no law stipulating you had to be sick to ride an ambulance in NYC. (There is now.)

widmerpool March 25, 2013 at 4:48 am

As someone living in Moscow I know these stories are untrue for the simple reason that no one driving in Moscow ever gives way to ambulances or fire engines.

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