As of the 26th of September 2019, NSW has had a change to one of its road rules. From this date Motorists will be required to slow down when passing stationary Emergency or breakdown / tow vehicles which are displaying flashing lights.
A trial version of this rule change has been in effect for the past 12 months, however amendments to this have been made due to public feedback.
So what does this actually mean for Motorists?
Motorist will now be required to slow down when passing stationary vehicles which are displaying red and blue or yellow flashing lights. These vehicles include Ambulances, Police vehicles, Fire and Rescue vehicles, State Emergency Service vehicles, Volunteer Rescue Organisation’s vehicles, Traffic Commander vehicles, Transport Emergency vehicles, Tow Trucks and Breakdown Assistance vehicles.
Motorists who are travelling in an area where the speed limit is less than 90km/ hour, you will be required to slow down to 40km/hour when passing a stationary Emergency or breakdown / tow vehicles displaying flashing lights.
Motorists who are travelling in an area where the speed limit is more than 90km/hour, will no longer be required to slow down to 40km/hour, however will be required to slow down to a reasonable speed suitable for the conditions and circumstances. This speed is at the judgement of the Motorist, however it is expected that you make a clear, notable and safe attempt to reduce your speed. You will also be required to give plenty of space when passing these vehicles, including switching lanes if circumstances allow you to.
Much like all of the NSW road rules, penalties apply when you do not comply with them. In this circumstance, the penalty for breaching this road rule is a $457.00 fine and a loss of 3 demerit points.
If you believe you have been wrongly fined under this new road rule, you can apply to have the fine reviewed or appeal the penalty notice in Court, if you have grounds to do so. Before taking any matter to Court we strongly recommend that you seek legal advice from one of our experienced Solicitors as it can become quite costly if you are unsuccessful in your appeal. Everingham Solomons have experienced Solicitors that can assist you because Helping You is Our Business.
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