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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

The 40km/Hr Rule is to Protect Our Emergency Service Workers And Volunteers

Following on from a tree clearing incident earlier today that saw many drivers ignoring the 40km rule local and visiting drivers are reminded of the 40km rule when passing Emergency vehicles stopped by the edge of the road. The safety of emergency service workers and volunteers received a huge boost when the NSW Government announced in April 2018 that it was introducing a new road rule requiring motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing them on the roadside. At the time Minister for Police and Emergency Services Troy Grant said "the 40km/hr rule will provide extra protection for our emergency service personnel who put their lives on the line".

“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.” Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey also said at the time that the new rule "will 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,” said Mrs Pavey.

"These rules will give all emergency workers extra protection, and confidence that they can go to work and at the end of their shift, get home safely to their families."

The NSW Government will continue to 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.

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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