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On the eve of its 2019 industry conference, peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has welcomed the decision to scrap a controversial road law forcing truckies and other drivers to slow-down to 40km/h whilst passing stationary emergency vehicles with flashing lights on freeways and major roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over.
From September 26, drivers will no longer need to slow down to 40km/h on roads with speed limits above 90km/h. On roads with speed limits of 80km/h or under, drivers will continue to be required to slow down to 40km/h.
Chief Executive Simon O’Hara said RFNSW was pleased the Government had listened to ‘honest feedback’ from RFNSW members and other industry stakeholders who thought the ‘go slow’ rule was a significant risk to truck drivers and light-vehicle drivers.
“It’s a common-sense decision,” Mr O’Hara said today.
“Whilst RFNSW and our members always have safety as our Number 1 priority, we just couldn’t accept that forcing fully-laden trucks to slow down to 40km/h was the best way of protecting our first responders.
“The feedback from our members was that the rule didn’t differentiate between heavy and light vehicles and was proving to be incredibly dangerous for truckies travelling on freeways and major roads – forced to slow down very quickly to 40km/h.
“We saw that on the dramatic 7 News footage earlier this year, where a motorcycle police officer on the side of the road near Ballina, was in danger of being hit by a truck which skidded to slow down to 40kms.”
Transport for NSW says on roads with speed limits of 90km/h or over, drivers will need to slow to a speed which is safe and reasonable for the circumstances; give sufficient space between their vehicle and the breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle and workers and on multi-lane roads, drivers must change lanes to keep the lane next to the vehicle free if it is safe to do so.
“They’re practical solutions aimed at allowing drivers to slow down in a safe manner and they take into account the concerns raised by truckies,” Mr O’Hara added.
Road Freight NSW began as ATA NSW in 1893. The organisation has developed to become a respected advocate for trucking operators, as a conduit to government, regulators and enforcement agencies. In 2015 the new name, Road Freight NSW, articulates our independent and authoritative viewpoint thanks to our respected executive leadership and the passion and expertise of members contributing to the Policy Council.
RFNSW Media Contact: 0411 254 390.