Flashing lights slowdown
ON SEPTEMBER 1, a new road rule will be introduced in New South Wales requiring drivers to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights.
The NSW Government has launched a statewide campaign to prepare motorists for the introduction of the new road rule, which is says is designed to improve the safety of emergency workers and road users when they’re stopped on the road.
The new rule, which will be introduced on a trial basis for 12 months, applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip.
Motorists who ignore the new speed limit will face penalties, including a $448 fine and the loss of three demerit points.
NSW Centre for Road Safety executive director Bernard Carlon says the trial of the new road rule will provide extra protection for all emergency workers and volunteers who respond to crashes and other incidents on the roadside.
“We want to ensure that people protecting us on our road network don’t become casualties while doing their jobs,” Carlon says.
“This rule will give extra protection and confidence that at the end of a shift they can go home safely to families and friends.”
Transport for NSW will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month trial in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and other stakeholders.