The road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency vehicles like police, fire and ambulances, has proven a success with our critical response workers feeling safer and near-misses down.
Since 1 August, 2022 the rule also applies to roadside assistance vehicles such as call-out or breakdown assistance, towing, battery replacement and other on-road support services to make these roadside workers safer.
Just like the previous rule requiring motorists to safely slow to 40 km/h when passing any stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicle with red, blue, or magenta flashing lights, now roadside assistance vehicles with flashing yellow lights will also get the same protection.
This will reduce their exposure to fast-moving passing vehicles and keep them safe while they assist at roadside incidents.
On roads with a speed limit of 80 km/h or less, this rule will apply without exception. On roads over 80 km/h, you will need to slow to 40 km/h unless it is not safe to do so and therefore, you must slow down as safely as you can.
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