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Slow down for blue or red flashing lights from 1 September

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3 Sep 2018

Motorists are being reminded a new road rule startd on 1 September, which is designed to improve safety around emergency personnel when their vehicle is stopped on the road and displaying red or blue flashing lights.


  • It requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights
  • The rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip
  • Motorists who ignore the new speed limit will face stiff penalties, including a $448 fine and the loss of three demerit points

What does this mean?   Drivers have to slow down to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles showing blue or red lights while stopped on the road and maintain 40km/h until you’ve safely passed all people and emergency vehicles, and give way to any pedestrians in the vicinity of the vehicle.

This started on 1 September 2018 and will trial in NSW for 12 months. 

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Image and content source:  Transport for NSW