New laws are here
Emergency response workers put their lives at risk every day when working in roadside environments.
To keep them safe, new laws require motorists to move over and slow down when passing a stationary emergency response vehicle displaying blue, red, magenta or yellow flashing lights.
The penalty for not moving over and slowing down is $431 and 3 demerit points.
You must move over and slow down for the following types of vehicles
displaying flashing lights at the roadside:
flashing blue and red lights
- Queensland Police
- Queensland Ambulance
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services which include Fire and Rescue Service, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service
flashing magenta lights
- Transport and Main Roads compliance vehicles
- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance vehicles
Breakdown assistance providers
flashing yellow lights
- Tow trucks
- Roadside assistance, for example RACQ or other vehicles that provide a similar service and are clearly marked
Find out more about safety around emergency vehicles and roadworkers,
and what to do when your vehicle breaks down.
Road safety around emergency vehicles
To find out what you should do to give way to emergency vehicles that are approaching you, click below.
Roadworkers and roadworks
Driving safely around roadworks and roadworkers is essential to ensure everyone makes it home at the end of the day.
Get practical tips on what to do if you breakdown to stay safe. Includes easy steps and videos.