Motorists are reminded changes to the rule requiring them to slow down when passing stationary emergency vehicles came into force in NSW last week.
From 26 September:
- Drivers will no longer need to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over.
- Drivers will continue to be required to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits of 80km/h or under.
- The rule will be expanded to include tow trucks and breakdown assistance vehicles which are displaying yellow flashing lights while stopped on the road.
On roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over drivers will need to:
• Slow to a speed which is safe and reasonable for the circumstances.
• Give sufficient space between their vehicle and the tow truck, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle, as well as any people on the road.
• On multi-lane roads drivers must change lanes to keep the lane next to the stationary vehicle vacant if it is safe to do so.
For more details about the rule visit https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/slow-down-and-give-space