NSW motorists should slow down when passing tow trucks and breakdown service assistance vehicles — not just ambulances and police — to protect everyone who works on the road.
And Labor says it’s “on the Minister’s head” if the Berejiklian government doesn’t support its “Slow Down, Move Over” legislation in parliament tomorrow, forcing drivers to reduce speed to a maximum of 40km/h when passing all first-incident responders.
From September 1, the government will start a one-year trial of the laws — but they do not include tow-truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles or NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.
Opposition roads spokeswoman Jodi McKay slammed the government’s current legislation as a “half-baked” proposal that did not go far enough.
“What we have said is that all first-incident responders must be included in this rule change,” she said.
“The government can support that tomorrow — the Minister can stand up and do the right thing.
“If she doesn’t, I will say this is on the Minister’s head because all first-incident responders must be included in this rule change.”