Russian ambulance taxis are luxury vehicles that are designed to look like ambulances in order to speed through traffic with their sirens and flashing lights. The practice is illegal, and Russian police perform random checks on suspicious ambulances to get them off the roads. Russia's traffic is known as some of the worst in the world, which is thought to be caused by a lack of maintenance or signs and little to no enforced road and parking restrictions. In Moscow, the wealthy have been known to hire Russian ambulance taxis for prices equal to about $200 US Dollars an hour. The interiors of these vehicles typically are outfitted like limousines, with flat screen televisions, leather couches and even champagne and caviar.
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