GMB paramedic rep Nathan Holman has been campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of speed bumps on the speed and safety of police, fire and ambulance journeys.

Last week he was joined by Nia Griffith MP, Lee Waters AM and Carmarthenshire Labour Leader Cllr Rob James on an ambulance ride to demonstrate their impact.

Nathan Holman, who is also a Llannon community councillor, explained: “We have recently seen a large increase in the number of speed bumps. Although these can be effective at reducing traffic speed, they are also having a profound but often ignored impact on ambulance and other emergency services.

“Speed bumps are there to save lives but inadvertently lives are being lost due to the effects they have on emergency services. Every second counts in an emergency and due to the number of speed bumps being created minutes are often being lost due to them.

“This has become a very big issue, not only in this area but across the whole of the UK. Everyone needs to be aware of the serious adverse consequences of installing speed bumps.”

Nia Griffith MP said: “I saw the world from a different perspective on the ambulance ride with Nathan. It’s easy to forget the impact speed bumps can have on ambulance response times and patients, who often suffer severe discomfort on bumpy ambulance rides.

“This is a serious problem, which is especially bad if the paramedic is trying to give emergency treatment. We really need to think about the impact on emergency services when looking at traffic calming measures.”

Lee Waters AM added: “It was very informative to ride along with a Llanelli ambulance crew to experience the difficulties they face from speed bumps. This form of traffic calming sharply divides opinions, but people often don’t think of the impact on the emergency services.”

Cllr Rob James, Labour’s Leader on Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “The proliferation of speed bumps in Carmarthenshire are having a serious impact on emergency services.

“It is clear that more needs to be done to consult with the police, fire and ambulance services when considering installing traffic calming measures.

“We will be pressing Carmarthenshire Council to ensure alternative traffic calming measures are considered to control speeding and that the Council engage in meaningful consultation going forward.”

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