Doctor wants his Nissan GT-R to be a part of emergency services

Has saved lives with his high-speed driving in the past

14w ago

When the trio materialised their idea of ambulances, it certainly turned out to be a hilarious episode. But unknowingly, they did raise a point about fast ambulances being the need of the hour. And just recently, the same has been a rally cry for Dr Michael Livingston with a Nissan GT-R.

A report by ABC News highlights Dr Livingston and his high-speed driving efforts to a nearby clinic in his GT-R to treat a bronchitis-infected one-year-old that saved a mother from losing her daughter. However, while driving a sports car at high speeds certainly helped the doctor save a life, he had to put himself at risk to reach there. And he questions, he can’t “be afforded the same protection as any other emergency service?”

Such instances caused Dr Livingston to reflect on his response time and what he’s putting at stake. “I had to put myself at risk, drive at speed,” he said. “Why am I forced into emotionally loaded situations and expected to lay it all on the line?” Having a sports car was his personal choice that is helping him professionally too. Yet, the authorities won’t accept his application for an Emergency Vehicle Status (EVS).

According to Australia’s Department of Transport, attaining an EVS authorises the vehicle to get equipped with lights and sirens while responding to emergencies. The approved drivers are also exempted from following all traffic rules. Dr Livingston applied for the same in April, but his application got rejected.

The Department of Transport cited multiple reasons for the same. In an email sent to the doctor, one of the reasons read, “male drivers are more likely to be involved in high-speed driving and have high-risk taking behaviours”. His low-slung sports car got recorded as the second reason. The vehicle’s “low nose” might direct an animal to the car’s windscreen or even inside the cabin, in the event of an animal strike. The reasoning read, “A dead or severely injured doctor is of no benefit to the current emergency, your community or any future patients”.

A spokesperson from the Transport department further stated that applications are approved only if the vehicle’s a part of the state’s emergency service network. Plus, the vehicle has to get assessed and approved by several federal bodies such as WA Police, Department of Health, St John Ambulance and DFES. And making the authorities understand the benefits of having one of the world’s fastest accelerating vehicles do duty in emergencies seems like a steep hill to climb.

The state officials of Dubai appear a lot more welcoming to such ideas as that explains having a Nissan GT-R and a Corvette Grand Sport in their first-responder line-up. Maybe Dr Livingston should switch states.

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Comments (14)

  • Doctor, petrolhead, driving a GT-R and saving lives at the same time... This man is a legend.

      3 months ago
  • Im all in if we're using gtrs as life-savers

      3 months ago
  • Give him the same driver training as a paramedic, bang some lights on his ride and let him at it.

      3 months ago
    • I’d imagine he’s an exceedingly better driver than you’re average paramedic already

        3 months ago
  • Both sides have a fair point. While I am sure the man is a responsible one who would not abuse the privilege, the point raised about animal strikes is a valid one. I do think this needs further discussion as he does have a valid point, but there are dangers with this, and I think he would need to kit it out as an emergency vehicle. Australia isn't quite at Mad Max state yet

      3 months ago
  • My grandpa had a stroke yesterday, miraculously, he is making a full recovery at 88! Doc told me during the ischemic stroke, 2 million brain cells die per minute! His chances were improved by the fact that he got Thrombolysis within an hour of stroke! Now I see this article and can assure you that this practice could save peoples lives and livelihoods. We need this!

      3 months ago