NSW Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to support its Slow Down, Move Over legislation in State Parliament tomorrow which will include all incident responders, including tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles and NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.
Next month, the Berejiklian Government will start a one year trial only of SLOMO laws but they will not include tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles or NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.
Labor’s Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) laws require drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 40 kilometres per hour when passing stationary emergency or incident response vehicles.
Incident response vehicles should include:
NSW Police Force
NSW Ambulance Service
St Johns Ambulance
NSW Fire and Emergency Services
NSW Rural Fire Service
Tow truck drivers
Motor breakdown service vehicles
Today, Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay was joined by the NRMA’s Peter Khoury and SARAH (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) President Peter Frazer, who are calling for SLOMO laws to be broader to ensure the safety of all NSW incident responders.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“The Berejiklian’s Government trial of SLOMO laws does not go far enough.
“We need to ensure that we put in place the best protection we can for all our emergency responders when they are on our roads.
“Tow truck drivers and roadside assistance workers also heed the call when motorists get into trouble on the road and we need to make sure the roadside, their workplace, is safe too.
“Labor’s SLOMO bill includes tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles and NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.”