SAFEY FEARS: Police have had some serious concerns about the new 40km/h zone in NSW.
SAFEY FEARS: Police have had some serious concerns about the new 40km/h zone in NSW. Marc Stapelberg

Truckies vote no to Go Slow

IT'S a resounding thumbs down from you on whether the NSW trial to slow down passing traffic to 40km/h at roadside emergencies is a good idea.

In a recent Big Rigs Facebook poll on this contentious issue, we asked our followers, "Do you think this new rule creates more dangerous situations than it prevents?”

Of the 726 votes tallied, 94per cent of you said "Yes, it's dangerous”, with just 6per cent ticking the "No, they should keep it” option.

"Too right,” wrote Shane Flado.

"When you're motoring along doing the 100km/h limit rounding a blind corner or you don't have a clear view because of traffic and all of a sudden everyone is standing on their brakes, it makes for real good carnage if drivers are not on their game, or you're trying to stop 60 tonnes in a short space, it's not if it's gonna happen but when.

"The same as lane filtering in a 100km/h zone, people are gonna die.”

Dougie Sewell added: "Honestly, has anybody asked the question, 'How many emergency responders have lost their lives through being hit by vehicles before this ridiculous rule was implemented?' I must admit I have no recollection of any, I stand to be corrected.

"In all facets of our lives we are in danger of some sort of being killed, especially in our work.”

Police Association of NSW president Tony King said there needed to be some sort of rule in place to protect emergency responders and roadside assistance workers but there were serious concerns over the approach taken in the state.

"A 'slow down, move over' directive - similar to that currently in place in the US - is a commonsense approach to ensuring the safety of emergency service workers and motorists on our roads,” Mr King said.

"Police have had some serious concerns about the 40km/h zone which was introduced by the NSW Government.”

This sentiment is shared by the NRMA, with spokesman Peter Khoury saying many of their members have voiced concerns about the rule.

He said it was important these concerns were considered by the NSW Government at the end of the 12-month trial in August.

NSW isn't the first state to introduce the legislation, with similar rules in place in Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia.

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