From 1 July, Victorian drivers will be required to travel at 40km/h or below when passing a stationary or slowmoving police, emergency, enforcement or escort vehicle with flashing lights and/or sounding an alarm.
The rule is designed to provide a safer workplace for police, as well as personnel from areas such as:
- Ambulance Victoria
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Country Fire Authority
- State Emergency Service
- VicRoads Transport Safety Service
While motorists can receive a $277 fine for not obeying Road Rule 79A, the intention of its introduction is to ensure the safety of police and other emergency services workers. Along with enforcement, police will be educating the community about the risks to emergency services when they are performing duties on the road or roadside. Other changes to the road rules from 1st July include:
- Road Rule 62 Motorists must now give way to cyclists riding across crossings at a green bicycle crossing light
- Road Rule 154 Riding a bicycle and driving a coach in a bus lane (unless otherwise signed) is now permitted.
- Road Rule 300 Pertaining to mobile phone use, the rule has been clarified to specifically apply the same restriction to the rider of a bicycle, a person travelling in or on a wheeled recreational device or the driver of a vehicle that is not a motor vehicle. The restrictions on use are the same as for full licence holders, no demerit points apply to the offence.