THE NSW Government is to introduce a 40km/h speed limit around emergency workers to protect police, fire crews, paramedics and volunteers.
Police Minister Troy Grant said all motorists would be required to slow to 40km/h when passing emergency workers on the roadside.
“Our 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,” Mr Grant said.
“Our police, fire fighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers do difficult and dangerous work with little or no fanfare.
“These new measures will help ensure the safety of our dedicated emergency service personnel.”
Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said the new rule would strengthen current laws and require motorists to slow down to 40km/hr when an emergency vehicle is stopped and has its red or blue lights flashing on all roads.
“The new rule will begin as a 12 month trial from 1 September 2018 following a comprehensive public education campaign,” Mrs Pavey said.
The 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.