VICTORIA, B. C. –Drivers in B. C. are now required to slow down or move over when passing parked emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing.
It’s a common courtesy usually extended by truck drivers, but as of June it’s also the law in B. C.
The new Motor Vehicle Act regulation applies to drivers passing police, fire, ambulance and towing vehicles as well as other vehicles used by commercial vehicle inspectors, conservation officers and the like.
Under the new law, drivers must slow to 70 km/h if the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher and to 40 km/h where the limit is less than 80 km/h. If the next lane over is available, drivers are required to move into that lane if it’s safe to do so, the province has announced.
Drivers who don’t comply with the new law will be slapped with a $148 fine as well as three penalty points towards their licence. The province notes 21 emergency workers were killed or injured in B. C. roads between 2001 and 2007.
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