Council welcomes new 40km/h rule to protect emergency service workers

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Council welcomes new 40km/h rule to protect emergency service workers

Posted on: 12.04.2018

Wollondilly Council has welcomed a new rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency service workers and volunteers on the roads.

The new rule was announced on Sunday by the NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Troy Grant and will be implemented as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018.

Mayor Judith Hannan said, “Wollondilly Council is pleased to see the safety of our emergency workers given priority on the roads.”

“We appreciate the dedication of our police, fire fighters and ambulance officers as well as our many rescue volunteers who serve in the Wollondilly Shire.”

“They often put themselves at risk to look after others and we want to see them get home to their families at the end of each day,” she said.

The new rule will strengthen current laws and requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when an emergency vehicle is stopped on the roadside and has its red or blue lights flashing.

The NSW Government will run a public education campaign in the lead up to the trial and will then monitor the safety and traffic impacts over the 12 month period, in consultation with emergency services organisations.