RACV campaign to safeguard roadside workers and customers gains momentum
Earlier this month, RACV called on the Victorian government to change the road rules to ensure emergency roadside assistance workers and tow truck drivers who work alongside fast-moving vehicles are protected, as well as their customers.
Known as the 'Slow Down, Move Over' rule, Victoria remains one of the few jurisdictions in Australia that does not have the rule that requires drivers to slow to 40km per hour when passing emergency roadside assistance vehicles or tow trucks.
RACV General Manager Automotive Services, Jackie Pedersen, said RACV is asking the Victorian Government to amend Road Rule 79A, to give emergency roadside assistance workers the same protection as in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT. This means the rule would apply to vehicles with flashing yellow lights, not just those with red and blue lights.