Calls For 40kmh Law Near Emergency Services To Be Scrapped
Only five months after it was introduced on our roads, both the police union and the NRMA have called on the State Government to scrap the law that forces drivers to slam on the brakes when passing emergency vehicles that are are stopped on the roadside.
Since September 1 last year, motorists in NSW must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary police cars, fire trucks and ambulances with flashing lights.
Failure to do so will currently cop a $448 fine and lose three licence demerit points.
The Slow Down, Move Over legislation is being trialled for 12 months with the law introduced to help protect emergency workers.
But now even those who lobbied to bring in the law claim it has led to unintended dangers, especially on high-speed motorways.
The major problem is when motorists travelling up to 110km/h have to suddenly slow down in heavy traffic.
Many interstate drivers are not aware of the rule, which is only adding to the confusion.
Senior police recently questioned the new law when a motorcycle cop conducting a traffic stop on a 110km/h section of the M1 near Nambucca Heads was hit by a car driven by a Queenslander.
The officer suffered a broken leg.
Police Association of NSW president Tony King told the Daily Telegraph:
“We need to create space between vehicles and workers and we need motorists to slow down around emergency and roadside assistance vehicles for the safety of everyone on the road. However, the restriction of the 40km/h limit has caused some issues, particularly on major arterial roads,”
The NRMA has also described the policy as “flawed”