26 September 2023

Road rules reminder responders must be safe

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads has reminded motorists that new road rules requiring drivers to move over and slow down when passing emergency response workers are to come into force next month.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey said the rules were aimed at keeping first responders safe on the roadside.

“Our emergency service and first responders do an incredible job, and they play a critical role in roadside incidents. The rule is simple: If you see flashing lights at the roadside, move over and slow down.”

The Department’s new rule applies to ambulances, police cars, fire trucks, and transport enforcement vehicles, as well as breakdown assistance providers such as RACQ, tow trucks and assistance vehicles.

“An education campaign will run to make sure people are aware of the changes, which will come into effect from 16 September,” Mr Bailey said.

“Every day, every Queensland road user has a role to play in keeping themselves and each other safe — and that includes keeping our emergency response workers safe as they care for others.”

He said it was no coincidence that the reminder had been made during Road Safety Week, when Queenslanders were urged to consider how their behaviour on the road had an impact on themselves and others.

The penalty for not moving over and slowing down will be $432 and three demerit points, enforceable by the Queensland Police Service.

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