Moscow's emergency vehicles have been fitted with plush interiors and are being rented out to VIP commuters hoping to dodge traffic jams.
Wealthy Moscow residents are reportedly hiring "ambulance-taxis" to beat the city's terrible traffic jams, According to The National Post reports, in 2013. The vehicles, which can cost more than $200 an hour and have been advertised on the internet, supposedly use their sirens to glide through standstill traffic.
A law enforcement source told Izvestiya newspaper that one such vehicle had already been identified. "During a patrol, a medical car was stopped because it was breaking traffic rules."
"The driver appeared strange and did not resemble an ambulance driver at all. Police officers opened the automobile to check it and saw that the interior was fitted out like a high-class limousine with comfortable seats for transporting VIP passengers" said the source.