Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced that new rules apply to drivers passing a stationary emergency vehicle, starting today.
A requirement that drivers slow to 40kmh on any road has been amended following a trial period and feedback from the public.
“The new requirement is that on roads with a speed limit of 90kmh or more, drivers will need to slow to a speed which is safe and reasonable,” Ms Cooke said.
“Drivers will also need to give sufficient space between their vehicle and the stationary emergency service vehicle – if it’s a multi-lane highway, drivers must change lanes if it’s safe to do so.
“On roads with an 80kmh limit, drivers will still need to slow to 40kmh.”
Ms Cooke highlighted another significant revision: the rules apply not only to stationary emergency services displaying blue flashing lights, but also to stationary tow trucks or breakdown assistance vehicles displaying yellow flashing lights.
“It is important that we protect not only police officers carrying out their duties, but also other workers who are at the roadside doing their daily jobs, helping people,” Ms Cooke said.
“Following the introduction of the trial, I was approached by numerous people who work in the roadside service industry who felt the rules should protect everybody on our roads, not just emergency services.
“Safety on our roads is the responsibility of every single driver, so it is vital they pay attention, drive to the conditions and take appropriate breaks.”