Riding around emergency vehicles

It’s important to know how to respond when you’re riding and see law enforcement or emergency vehicles on the road.

 

Attending incidents at the side of the road can put police and first responders at risk of being hit by passing vehicles and debris, and we all have a responsibility to keep them as safe as possible while they carry out their vital roles.

These road rules will help you safely handle various situations when you see law enforcement or emergency vehicles on the road:

If a police, emergency, enforcement or escort vehicle has its red, blue or magenta lights flashing or its siren on, you must:

  • Get out of its way 
  • Give way and stop if necessary, even if you have a green traffic light

You must also stop if twin red lights are flashing on a road, for example outside a fire or ambulance station. You can start driving again once the lights have stopped flashing and the road is clear of emergency or other vehicles.

In emergencies, law enforcement and other emergency vehicles are not required to follow the road rules.

Passing law enforcement and emergency vehicles

You must slow down to a speed that would enable you to stop safely when approaching and passing enforcement, emergency or escort vehicles that are:

  • Stationary OR moving slowly (less than 10km/h), AND have
  • Red,blue, or magenta flashing lights OR
  • An alarm sounding 

You must not exceed 40km/h when passing the vehicle and not increase your speed until you are a safe distance away. 

The rule doesn’t apply to you if you’re driving on  opposite side of a divided road (separated by a median strip) from the emergency or enforcement vehicle.

For more details about driving around emergency vehicles and fines relating to these rules, please read Law Enforcement & Emergency Vehicles on the VicRoads website.


Information from this article was originally posted on
VicRoads.