Centre for Road Safety

Slow Down, Move Over and Give Space (1 min, 37 secs)

Graphic: A road rule has changed for everyone’s safety.

[An animation shows an aerial view of a car on a road with double white lines marking the centre.The car slows down to pass emergency vehicles with flashing red and blue lights stopped on the side of the ride. There is also a tow truck stopped with flashing yellow lights.]

Graphic: In speed limits of 90 or more

Narrator: When you see the flashing lights of tow trucks, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicles stopped on the road, and the speed limit of the road is 90 kilometres per hour or more, slow down safely to a speed that is reasonable for the circumstances and move over to provide as much space as possible between your vehicle and the stopped vehicle as well as any people who may be on the road.

[The animation is repeated showing a four-lane road with two lanes in each direction. Double white lines are marked down the centre of the road. The car moves over to the right-hand lane to safely pass the emergency vehicles and tow truck.]

Narrator: On a multi lane road, this means moving over out of the lane next to the stopped vehicles if safe to do so. You may only increase your speed once you have passed all vehicles and people involved.

Graphic: In speed limits of 80 or less

[The animation is repeated showing a car slowing down to 40km/h to safely pass pass emergency vehicles with flashing red and blue lights stopped on the side of the ride. There is also a tow truck stopped with flashing yellow lights.]

Narrator: On roads where the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour or less, slow down to 40 kilometres per hour until you've passed all vehicles and people involved.

Graphic: In all speed limits

[The animation is repeated showing a car slowing down to 40km/h to safely pass pass emergency vehicles with flashing red and blue lights stopped on the side of the ride and the tow truck stopped with flashing yellow lights. A car on the opposite side of the road also slows down to 40km/h.]

Narrator: These requirements apply to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip.

[The animation is repeated, but this time a large median strip separates traffic on either side of the road. The car slows down to safely pass the emergency vehicles with flashing red and blue lights stopped on the side of the ride and the tow truck stopped with flashing yellow lights. A motorcylce rider and truck travelling on the opposite side of the road do not need to slow down.]

[Animations shows a range of emergency response, breakdown assistance vehicles and a tow truck.]

This rule applies when you are passing stationery Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Rescue Association, Traffic Emergency Patrol, or Commander Vehicles displaying flashing blue or red lights.

Narrator: The rule now also applies when passing stationery breakdown assistance vehicles and tow trucks displaying flashing yellow lights.

Graphic: 90 or more. On roads with speedlimits of 90km/h or more, slow down safely and move over to give them as much space as possible.

Grapic: 80 or less. On roads with speed limits of 80km/h or less, slow down to 40km/h. The rule now applies to stopped breakdown assistance vehicles and tow trucks, in addition to stopped emergency vehicles.

Graphic: Slow Down, Move Over and Give Space. Roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

Logos: NSW Government, Towards Zero

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