what ever the orders were on the day, someone must have given the command to fire?
By virtue of the fact that there’s not enough evidence to put anyone in the dock.
When you could/couldn't fire at vehicles still wasn't that clear at the time of the Clegg incident. The Yellow Card was amended in an attempt to make it clearer after his trial.
From the NIREPS at the tome it was clear that in Belfast the RUC were opening fire in a few occasions, further ISTR the RM had Marine shot by his patrol when they shot at a car. More relevant and often not mentioned is that 1 PARA had a soldier run over by a joy rider shortly before the Lee Clegg incident, which may have influenced the patrol’s reaction. Some will recall a TV documentary which showed the cook house decorated for Christmas and a cardboard car with a caption along the lines of ‘built by robots, driven by joyriders, stopped by C (?) Company’