Speed Limits and Emergency Vehicles

Changes to road rules regarding emergency vehicles are creeping across the country and it’s fair to say that unless you keep an eye out for it, you might miss the news of changes creeping into your state.

What these laws say is when an emergency vehicle – ambulance, police, fire engine, tow truck and any other designated emergency vehicle is; 1. Stationary by the side of the road or 2. Moving slowly e.g. under 10km/hr 3. Flashing either its blue or red lights or both, all drivers have to slow down to 40km/hr to pass those emergency vehicles, except in SA where it is 25km/hr.

Road rules are not always consistent around the country, so it’s important to know what the road rules are in each state that you travel to or through because that state’s laws and rules will apply to you. It is, therefore, your responsibility to know and comply with the laws and rules of the state that you are in.

To find out more about each state’s road rules regarding emergency vehicles, check out the latest FREE edition of the What’s Up Downunder right here, where you can find a helpful overview of these laws by state plus more sources that will help you stay informed.


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