NatRoad Supports NSW Government Road Safety Change

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to change the road rule requiring vehicles to slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles with flashing blue or red lights.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said he was pleased by the changes: “This is a sensible start,” he said.

“NatRoad has advocated that the sudden reduction in speed from say 100 km to 40 km has adverse safety consequences, particularly as some vehicles were slowing and other drivers just didn’t know the road rule.  Light vehicle drivers often don’t understand that heavy vehicles need more time to slow down than light vehicles.

“There will now be changes to the requirements for motorists, depending on the speed limit of the road,” said Mr Clark.

“From 26 September in NSW drivers will no longer need to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over.  But drivers will continue to be required to slow down to 40 km/h on roads with speed limits of 80km/h or under.  The absolute requirement to reach 40km/h should be changed so that drivers who are using their best endeavours to slow safely are not penalised, “he said.

“Further education about the road rule should be rolled out because the rule will be expanded to include tow trucks and breakdown assistance vehicles, which are displaying yellow flashing lights while stopped on the road.  In addition, other jurisdictions should make sensible changes to this road rule, “he concluded.