New protections for stopped emergency vehicles
FROM today a new road rule will start in NSW to improve the safety of emergency workers when they are stopped on the road.
- You must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights.
- You must give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle.
This rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip.
Motorists who don't comply with the rule can face a $448 fine and lose three demerit points.
To avoid danger for anyone in the vicinity, motorists shouldn't increase their speed until they are a safe distance past the vehicle.
The NSW Government will be monitoring the impacts of the new rule over the coming 12 months trial period.