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New laws aim to protect roadside assistance workers in Tasmania

May 20th 2022

New laws aim to protect roadside assistance workers in Tasmania

New laws requiring Tasmanian drivers to safely slow to 40 km/h when passing roadside assistance vehicles with flashing yellow lights will come into force on 1 August 2022.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Michael Ferguson said the new laws aim to protect roadside assistance workers "conducting call-out or breakdown assistance, towing, battery replacement and other on-road support services."

"It's important we all slow down to protect those who protect and assist us and whose workplace is the road," Mr Ferguson said."Just like the current rule which requires drivers to safely slow to 40 km/h when passing any stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicle with red, blue, or magenta flashing lights, now roadside assistance vehicles with flashing yellow lights will also get the same protection."

To read the full story, go to the Tasmania Premier website.

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