A CHARGE of speeding against a West Yorkshire ambulance driver who was delivering a liver for a transplant patient has been dropped.
Mike Ferguson, of Birkenshaw, was due to appear in court next week after being charged with speeding earlier this year. He was stopped by police as he drove down the A1 in Lincolnshire in January carrying the liver from St James's Hospital in Leeds to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Mr Ferguson's union, the GMB, said the Crown Prosecution Service had decided the prosecution was not in the public interest.
Mr Ferguson, 56, who faced losing his job if he had been prosecuted, said he was "overjoyed" at the news.
"I am absolutely delighted but we cannot let this stop here," he said. "What we need now is to have the law clarified so this doesn't happen to someone else."
Mr Ferguson said he was looking forward to seeing a copy of the letter from the CPS confirming the case had been dropped.
"This is only the first half over with, what we need to achieve now is a review of the law."
Mr Ferguson said the last few months had been hard work but the support of the public had helped him to continue.
"As far as I was concerned I was in the right. When people are waiting for transplant organs it is essential that they receive them as quickly as possible. This case was an emergency."
Mr Ferguson was prosecuted after his ambulance was photographed travelling at 104mph.
Gary Baker, the union's regional officer, said: "The GMB is very pleased the CPS has finally seen sense.
"The only good thing to come out of this absurd situation is in highlighting that the law needs to be updated."
Mr Baker added the union would continue its campaign to get the Government to review the law to avoid similar cases happening in the future.
Operations director for West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service Bob Williams said: "We are pleased that Mike Ferguson will now be able to continue his work without the threat of a court case hanging over him."