Banner Banner
Emergency Vehicles
Emergency Vehicles image

Failure to give way to an emergency vehicle = 4 demerit points and $400 fine.

Failure to slow down and move over = 3 demerit points and $300 fine.


Emergency vehicles include police, fire and ambulance services

If an emergency vehicle has blue or red flashing lights and/or sounding an alarm, you MUST clear the way to let it easily pass.

When an emergency vehicle is approaching:

  • stay calm and check to see where it is;

  • give way to it by moving as far to the left of the road as possible;

  • if you can’t move left, slow down, indicate left and let the emergency vehicle drive around you;

  • use your indicator to signal your intentions to the driver of the emergency vehicle;

  • if you are in the left lane, allow other vehicles from an adjacent lane to move into your lane if they need to.

When giving way to an emergency vehicle DO NOT break the law (e.g. drive through a red light, or speed).

Attending roadside incidents can be risky business for workers attending roadside incidents.   Flashing lights on a stationary vehicle means approaching vehicles must slow down, move over (if possible) and pass at 40 kilometres per hour. In doing so, drivers should apply their brakes gradually and safely.

Emergency vehicles & the safety of roadside workers

This law ensures the safety of all emergency service vehicles and first response personnel who need to attend roadside incidents.  

As well as emergency vehicles, this law includes tow trucks, RAC roadside assistance patrol vehicles, and Main Roads incident response vehicles.  It applies to all roads in WA, including freeways and highways.

Let’s look after those who look after us.