40km Zone Around Emergency Services To Be Introduced
The NSW Government has announced it will soon introduce a new road rule that will require motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers on the road.
The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Troy Grant said that the new rule would provide extra protection for, “Our emergency service workers and volunteers,” who are, “out there every day, often putting themselves in harm’s way to protect use and keep us safe on the roads.”
“Our police, fire fighters, ambulance offers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers do difficult and dangerous work with little or no fanfare.”
“These new measures will help ensure the safety of our dedicated emergency service personnel.”
The announcement has the backing of the firefighter, paramedic and police unions that have been campaigning a long time for change.
Minister for Roads, Maritimes and Freight, Melinda Pavey has said that, “The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign."
In Western Australia, the rule has already been implemented and drivers can face a $300 fine from failing to slow down to 40km/h when passing an emergency service vehicle.