New 40km/h speed limit to protect emergency workers

Published: 9 Apr 2018

Motorists will soon be required to slow down when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing.

The road rule to reduce traffic speed near emergency vehicles comes into effect from 1 September 2018, and gives police, firefighters, paramedics and volunteers extra protection while working.

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 service organisations and other stakeholders.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant said the new rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line.

Read road rules, including what to do if you encounter emergency vehicles while on the road

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