VTA seeks con­sul­ta­tion over im­ple­men­ta­tion of new road rules

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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.

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