NEW 40KM/HR RULE TO PROTECT OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS
The NSW Government’s decision to introduce a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents, has been welcomed by the Member for Tamworth and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Kevin Anderson.
Mr Anderson said emergency service workers and volunteers are out there every day, often putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us and keep us safe on the roads.
“They should be able to attend road incidents without fear of being struck by a vehicle themselves,” he said.
“These new measures will help ensure the safety of our dedicated emergency service personnel.”
“The 40km/hr rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line.”
The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign.
These rules will give all emergency workers extra protection, and confidence that they can go to work and at the end of their shift, get home safely to their families.
“The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over the 12-month period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations as well as stakeholder groups,” Mr Anderson concluded.