Hundreds cop hefty fines under controversial new NSW road rule

By Emily McPherson

Hundreds of NSW drivers have been slugged with a $448 fine during the trial of a controversial new road rule which forces motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing stopped emergency vehicles.

More than 550 drivers copped the hefty fine, along with three demerit points, in the first four months after it was introduced in September last year, figures provided to by the NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation show.

December saw the highest number of drivers fined, 165, while over the four-month period more than $250,000 worth of fines were issued.

The new rule, which is under a 12-month review by the NSW government, is designed to protect the safety of police and emergency workers stopped at the side of the road.

It follows the introduction of a similar rule in Victoria. WA also has the rule and in SA it is even stricter with drivers forced to slow down to 25km/h.

But in NSW it has been met with opposition.

Drivers and lobby groups say it creates dangerous situations on motorways where cars and trucks are suddenly forced to slow down from 110km/h to 40km/h.

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