New laws to protect roadside emergency workers

The State Government has announced that SLOMO laws will be introduced in the new year, with the aim of providing a safe working environment for roadside emergency responders.

31 Dec 2017
The State Government has announced that SLOMO laws will be introduced in the new year, with the aim of providing a safe working environment for roadside emergency responders.

SLOMO stands for Slow Down, Move Over, and requires drivers to slow down around stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, Incident Response Service vehicles and motor break-down service vehicles which are displaying flashing lights while attending an incident. 

Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said the new laws will provide clear guidance for all motorists.

“These are high-risk working environments, so we need to provide a safe environment for those incident responders to conduct their work,” said Mr Cameron.

“The ability to manage the environment around emergency and breakdown situations is challenging.
These are high-risk working environments, so we need to provide a safe environment for those incident responders to conduct their work.
“Slowing down to 40 km/h, and moving over if it is safe to do so, will provide a consistent response to unexpected incidents on our roads and a safe environment for those emergency and incident response workers.”

The SLOMO laws require motorists to slow down to 40 km/h when passing vehicles used by WA Police Force, St John Ambulance, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, RAC WA, Main Roads WA Incident Response Service and towing companies on site to salvage or tow vehicles.

The penalty for this offence is three demerit points and $300. 

Visit our Emergency vehicles page to read the Frequently Asked Questions about SLOMO.