Letter to the editor: Slow down, move over

Extend 'SLOMO'  to tow truck, RMS incident and roadside assistance vehicles, writes Jodi McKay. Photo file
Extend 'SLOMO' to tow truck, RMS incident and roadside assistance vehicles, writes Jodi McKay. Photo file

Last week in State Parliament, Labor introduced ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ (SLOMO) legislation to protect emergency responders on NSW roads.

These SLOMO laws would require drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 40 kilometres per hour when passing stationary emergency or incident response vehicles.

Similar measures have been introduced in other states and territories and have been advocated for by the NRMA, paramedics, fire fighters and police.

Although a one year trial is slated to start in September, the Berejiklian Government has failed to include tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles or NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.

Labor believes every person deserves to feel safe in their workplace. The NSW Government must give bipartisan support to this legislation to ensure that happens.

Jodi McKay, Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

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