New South Wales will commence a year-long trial in September this year, requiring drivers to slow down at least 30 km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles.
During the trial commuters travelling in a 70 km/h zone will have to slow down to 40 km/h. In a 100km/h zone, they will have to slow to 60 km/h.
Similar laws could be introduced in Queensland, but RACQ thinks we should be considering everyone working in high-speed environments, not just emergency services.
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RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the proposal is too complicated for drivers and focused too much on speed and not enough on creating greater safety outcomes.
“This is a real opportunity for the Queensland Government to lead the way and get the emphasis right by looking at creating more space for emergency services and roadside workers to do their jobs and focus on moving cars over rather than just slowing them down.
“The New South Wales Government’s heart is in the right place, but it has got it wrong. The key focus has to be on getting drivers to move over when they see an incident, creating a safer space,” he said.