New Road Rule Commencing September 1

Dubbo Regional Council is reminding all drivers and riders of the new road rule that requires motorists to slow down to 40 km/h when passing a stationary emergency vehicle displaying blue or red flashing lights from 1 September 2018.

Motorists will be required to give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle also.

Motorists can only increase (or resume) their speed once safely past the emergency vehicle so as not to cause a danger to anyone in the vicinity.

Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore explained the 40 km/h speed restriction applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip.

“The new speed 40 km/h speed restriction will go a long way in protecting Police, Firefighters, Ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers as they perform difficult and dangerous work for the community,”

“This rule will improve the safety of emergency workers and the people whom they are helping.  The new rule will help emergency workers feel safer while working in vulnerable situations in the road environment”, said Ms Bleechmore.

A $448.00 fine and 3 demerit points will apply for motorists who do not comply with the new road rule.

The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over a 12-month trial period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency services organisations and other stakeholders.

Media Contact: 

Dubbo Regional Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore on 0417 667 984

Last Edited: 06 Aug 2018

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