New ‘slow down’ rule near emergency vehicles now in force but lobby groups say it could prove deadly

 NSW motorists now have to slow to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles flashing their blue and red lights.

NSW motorists now have to slow to 40km/h when passing emergency vehicles flashing their blue and red lights.

As of Saturday, St George and Sutherland Shire motorists have to slow down when passing emergency service vehicles with flashing blue and red lights – or cop a hefty fine and the loss of three demerit points.

The new road rule, designed to improve safety for emergency personnel, means motorists must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying red or blue flashing lights.