VTA seeks consultation over implementation of new road rules
THE VICTORIAN Transport Association (VTA) has critiqued the state government for ignoring industry consultation before making road rules.
The move comes as Victoria Police revealed there had been an “administrative error” in rules in force since July 1 this year that required drivers to slow down to 40km/h while passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
Police can still proceed with the offence by way of a summons, though.
“The VTA has written to the Victorian Government and VicRoads to express its concern about this new road rule, which quietly came into effect on 1 July, despite no consultation with the heavy vehicle industry,” VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.
“While we fully support the rule’s intent of making conditions safer for emergency services personnel, we are concerned with the total lack of consultation with industry, and are calling on the government and VicRoads to do much more to explain the new rule.
“Heavy vehicles – because of their size and weight – have vastly different braking requirements than passenger vehicle and take much longer to slow or come to a stop, for example when approaching a roadside emergency,” Anderson says.