A new road rule came into force on Saturday that is designed to improve safety around emergency personnel when their vehicle is stopped on the road and displaying red or blue flashing lights.
It requires motorists to slow down to 40kph when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights
The rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip
Motorists who ignore the new speed limit will face stiff penalties, including a $448 fine and the loss of three demerit points.
“We want to make sure the people protecting us on our road network don’t become casualties while doing their jobs,” executive director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said.
NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons welcomed the new laws saying that increased protection for emergency service workers whilst attending emergency incidents can only be beneficial.
“These laws are focused on the safety of our members, members who are providing emergency assistance to the community in their time of need,” he said.
Transport for NSW will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12 month trial in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and other stakeholders.
A public education campaign to raise awareness of the rule continues to roll out across NSW.
Find out more by visiting roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au