It’s easier to understand a rule once you’ve experienced the reason for the existence of that rule. When your house is on fire, or when the blaze is a few houses away from your own, you better understand why all vehicles on the road must give way to fire trucks. When you figure in an accident, when you or a loved one is inside an ambulance, you would want the terrible EDSA traffic to part in the middle, just like the Red Sea, to allow the ambulance or emergency vehicle to get through and reach the hospital pronto. When a crime is being committed in your house or in your vicinity, you would pray for the fastest police response time.
So, even without a rule, it makes absolute sense to give way to a fire truck, ambulance, police cars, rescue and other emergency vehicles. Yet it’s not uncommon to see drivers holding their ground and not allowing emergency vehicles to pass.
If common sense isn’t enough, there’s a rule that seeks to compel drivers to give way to emergency vehicles. The Land Transportation and Traffic Code (Republic Act No. 4136) explicitly provides that upon the approach of any police or fire department vehicle, or of an ambulance giving audible signal, the driver of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway, clear of any intersection of highways, and shall stop and remain in such position, unless otherwise directed by a peace officer, until such vehicle shall have passed. A violation of this provision, which is subject to the chapter on penal provisions, is punishable with a fine not exceeding Fifty Pesos (P50).