Slow Down Move Over Laws Take Effect From March 2018

Slow Down Move Over Laws Take Effect From March 2018

Western Australia Minister for Police and Road Safety Michelle Roberts

Slow Down Move Over Laws To Protect Incident Response Workers

Victor P Taffa

  • Election commitment delivered
  • New laws take effect from March 2018 

New SLOMO laws will take effect in the new year to provide a safer environment for workers who respond to incidents on the road.

“Roadside can be a dangerous place for our emergency responders who are often risking their lives to help others.” Minister for Police and Road Safety Michelle Roberts said.

“This is the fulfilment of an election commitment one we made to protect our emergency workers and breakdown response workers.”

SLOMO or Slow Down, Move Over law requires drivers to reduce their speed when approaching a stationary emergency or incident response vehicle and pass at a maximum speed of 40 km/h.

It also requires the driver to move over or change lanes where possible and if safe to do so.

Incident response vehicles include those used by:

  • WA Police Force;
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services;
  • St. John Ambulance;
  • Main Roads WA Incident Response Service;
  • RAC WA;
  • Tow trucks intended to be used to salvage or tow a vehicle.

From 2012 to 2016 there were 43 casualties involving people in emergency lanes and those working on the roadside.

Introduction of SLOMO was an election commitment made by Labor to improve the safety of workers operating on busy roadsides.

Other States of Australia including Victoria and South Australia already have similar laws.

Penalty for failing to obey the new law is $300 and 3 demerit points.

Introduction of SLOMO will be monitored and an evaluation conducted by the Road Safety Commission.