NEW 40KM/HR RULE PROTECTING OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS IN FORCE 1 SEPTEMBER
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government’s new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers attending to road incidents will come into force on Saturday, 1 September.
He said the new rule will be trialled for 12 months following a comprehensive public education campaign.
“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 throughout our region 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 whether they are helping locals in trouble at Mullaley, Werris Creek, Manilla, Walcha, Tamworth or Gunnedah.
“The 40km/hr rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line.
“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.