‘SLOMO’ TRIAL MUST INCLUDE ALL INCIDENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
April 11, 2018
NSW Labor has slammed the Berejiklian Government’s trial of ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ laws as only paying lip-service to the safety of emergency workers.
Slow Down Move Over laws have already been introduced in other states and territories.
A one year trial is not slated to start until September but failed to include tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles or NRMA roadside assistance vehicles which will continue to expose those first-responders to potential danger.
Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria already have similar laws in place while SLOMO will come into force in the ACT from Saturday.
NSW Labor will bring on a debate in the next sitting of State Parliament in order to provide inclusive coverage to emergency and incident responders.
Extraordinarily, the RACQ came out on Tuesday to urge the Queensland Government not to adopt the proposed NSW approach which they describe as ‘confusing’ and failing to offer proper protection to emergency services and roadside workers.
NSW Labor has been calling for SLOMO laws to be introduced, backed by emergency responders including paramedics (HSU), fire fighters (FBEU), police (NSW Police Association) and volunteer firefighters (RFSA).
The NRMA and Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) support NSW Labor in urging the NSW Government to extend the law to include tow truck drivers, RMS incident response vehicles and NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“The Berejiklian Government needs to get serious about protecting all emergency and incident responders by including tow trucks, the NRMA and RMS vehicles..
“We need to do all we can to protect our emergency responders as well as members of the public while they are on our roads by enacting SLOMO laws like other states and territories.”