Did you know that as part of the changes to the emergency services legislation on 26 September 2019 you now need to be on the look out for flashing yellow lights?
There has been a lot of coverage regarding the change in the speed limit, and the fact that you no longer have to slow down to 40 km/h when there is a police car pulled over on the side of a freeway.
What unfortunately got less coverage was the inclusion of vehicles other than emergency services, namely tow truck and breakdown assistance workers, which was a change that many people lobbied for. As part of that change however these breakdown vehicles that you need to look out for are now identified by flashing yellow lights.
Did you know about the flashing yellow lights?
We are glad that the these categories are now included, but these rules only work if there is public awareness of them. The rules now apply to the following categories of vehicles –
Drivers must obey the rule when passing the following vehicles when stationary and displaying flashing blue or red lights:
- NSW Police Force vehicles
- Ambulance Service of NSW vehicles
- Fire & Rescue NSW vehicles
- State Emergency Service vehicles
- Rural Fire Service vehicles
- Volunteer Rescue Association vehicles
- Transport Emergency Patrol vehicles
- Traffic Commander vehicles
Drivers must also obey the rule when passing the following vehicles when stationary and displaying flashing yellow lights:
- Tow trucks
- Breakdown assistance vehicles (e.g. NRMA and Allianz roadside assistance vehicles)
While we want these workers to be safe, we also understand at Novus that your licence is important to you, it is probably necessary for you to work and to look after your family.
If you do receive a ticket for one of these offences don’t just assume that you know whether or not it is worth appealing, speak with Nat Ballard and she will give you a straight forward answer about whether you should fight it, and what the process and the cost of that would be.