Centre for Road Safety

40km/h around stopped emergency vehicles

From 1 September 2018, a new road rule will commence to improve the safety of emergency workers when they are stopped on the road.

The new rule requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing a stationary emergency vehicle displaying blue or red flashing lights.

The new rule also requires motorists to give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle. Motorists should not increase their speed until they are a safe distance past the vehicle, so as not to cause a danger to anyone in the vicinity.

Our 40km/h around stopped emergency vehicles campaign encourages motorists
slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights.

Crashes

After a crash, you should stop immediately in a safe position away from traffic. Dial Triple Zero (000) for police or emergency services if:

  • Anyone is injured or trapped
  • Police are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards
  • Any drivers appear affected by alcohol or other drugs
  • A bus or truck needs to be towed away
  • Anyone involved in the crash fails to exchange details

Breakdown safety

Our Breakdown Safety glove box guide has information and tips on what you should do if you break down. The guide has advice on common  breakdown situations, including those on freeways, country roads and tunnels.

Bushfires

Knowing what to do if you are caught in your car in a bushfire can save your life. Bushfires can quickly spread across roads and highways, especially when fanned by high temperatures and strong winds. Smoke can reduce visibility and local authorities may close roads without warning.

The Rural Fire Service advises to use caution when travelling in remote areas on Total Fire Ban days. If you are travelling in the bushfire season, it's best to check for bushfire alerts and fire danger ratings before you drive.