The requirement to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles on a road with a speed limit of 90km/h and above, has been removed as of 26 September 2019.
Simultaneously, a new requirement to slow down to 40km/h when passing tow-truck and breakdown assistance vehicles has been implemented, except on roads that have a speed of 90km/h and above.
These new laws come in following the death of Sarah Frazer who lost her life as a result of being struck roadside after her car broke down on the Hume Highway, the tow truck driver who came to her aid was also fatally struck.
Considered ‘vulnerable persons’ roadside assistance workers in many circumstances are the first and only responders to breakdowns or crashes, given that roadside accidents often occur on dangerous parts of roads, these workers are often unable to choose a safer location to stop.
As a motorist you NOW need to
When travelling on a road with a speed limit under 90km/h slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary tow-trucks and breakdown assistance vehicles displaying flashing yellow lights, in addition to emergency vehicles displaying flashing blue or red lights.
When travelling on a road with a speed limit of 90km/h and above when passing emergency vehicles or breakdown assistance vehicles you must slow down to a speed that is reasonable in the circumstances.
Non-compliance with the new road rule will result in a $457 fine and a loss of 3 demerit points. A maximum court penalty of $2,200 will also apply.
If you need any assistance with traffic or criminal offences, please contact our office for advice.