'Recipe for disaster': The new road rule confusing drivers

There’s been some confusion over a new road rule introduced in NSW.

The road rule means drivers are required to slow down to a speed of 40km/h when passing a stationary police or emergency vehicle with flashing red and blue lights. It will also apply to passing tow truck operators on the side of the road.

Failing to do this and will see drivers risk a $448 fine and three demerit points.

It was trialled last year but became law on Thursday.

However, road users on Facebook showed people were still confused about the law change for a number of reasons.

Bradfield Highway Toll Road leading onto Sydney Harbour Bridge, Milsons Point.
People are confused by the new road rule introduced in NSW regarding emergency vehicles and tow trucks. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

“I thought that was already out,” one man wrote.

Another added they thought the law was repealed.

Last week, the state government announced amendments to the law, so it only applies on roads where the speed limit is 80km/h or less.

If on a road where the speed limit is 90 or higher, motorists must slow down to a speed “reasonable for the circumstances”.

Transport NSW said this was changed because feedback during the trial “was generally negative”.

A NSW Police highway patrol car pictured with sirens on behind a hatchback.
The new law means anyone passing an emergency vehicle in a 80km/h zone or under has to drop their speed to 40km/h. Source: NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command

Some people on Facebook also criticised the law change with one man calling it a “recipe for disaster”.

“Would have been more simplified if they just made the ruling ‘drop 20’ no matter what zone you in,” one man wrote.

However, some people are in favour of the new rule.

One woman said the amended version of the law “is much better”.

“It’s a good idea,” another woman wrote.

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