It will require motorists to stop or slow to a reasonable speed and give a wide berth to those working by the side of the road.
In a news release this morning (March 7), Dan Crummell, minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador, said motorists will now be required to “move over” when approaching stopped emergency, enforcement or other designated vehicles.
“We are pleased to see the ‘move over’ legislation come into effect for the safety of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. By slowing down and moving over we can ensure that workers can perform their duties more safely and reduce the risk of anyone getting injured or worse by a vehicle,” the minister said.
This new law is in addition to the existing law that requires drivers to pull over to the side or otherwise yield the right of way when an emergency vehicle is approaching with lights and sirens activated. Motorists will now be expected to create a buffer lane by slowing down and putting as much distance as possible between their vehicles and a designated stopped vehicle.
Designated vehicles which require a wide berth under the new laws must be operating flashing red, blue or amber lights or have other traffic warning signals. Designated vehicles can include:
· Emergency and enforcement vehicles;
· Tow trucks or other roadside assistance vehicles;
· Search and rescue vehicles;
· Public utility vehicles;
· Municipal, provincial or federal enforcement or service vehicles.
More information on the new law can be found online at www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/moveoverlaw/
Province: | Section : Construction & Transportation