Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



12 July 2020

Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Slow down for emergency vehicles

The Tasmanian Government is reminding motorists to slow down to 40km/h when driving past or near emergency vehicles with blue, red or magenta lights flashing or alarms sounding.

The new road rule came into effect in December 2019 to help keep our vital emergency services safe when they are responding to incidents on our roads and are at risk of being struck by passing vehicles.

Since the rule was introduced, 144 infringement notices have been issued by police for drivers speeding near an emergency or related vehicle or worker.

That’s why we are reminding all Tasmanians to follow the rule to ensure emergency and enforcement workers are able to do their jobs and assist others without putting their own lives on the line.

As a significant number of road work programs roll out across the state as part of our economic recovery program, it’s vital motorists take heed of the rules.

The Road Safety Advisory Council’s ‘See Red and Blue, Know What to Do’ campaign can be found here.



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