NSW road rule changes to improve road safety

Date: Sep 01, 2014

A series of minor road rules changes take effect today (September 1) in an attempt to increase consistency across the country.

For unknown reasons, NSW has been behind other states in relation to some road rules and this has caused problems for drivers crossing borders. There are 15 amendments in total, with many aimed at decreasing car accidents and increasing road safety, especially in situations involving children.

Centre for Road Safety General Manager, Marg Prendergast, explained some of the clarifications are common sense.

"The changes will also rectify the current problem where tow trucks without approved restraints can't transport children under one year of age from a crash or breakdown site," she said.

"Given the need to safely relocate all people involved in a crash or breakdown away from the road, one of the changes will allow these children to ride on another passenger's lap in a tow truck when no suitable child restraint is available."

Ms Prendergast said was important for the Centre of Road Safety to continue working with its counterparts to make sure common sense road rules are consistent across the country.

"If you're driving from Byron Bay to Brisbane or Wagga to Wodonga, we want to ensure it's as easy as possible to ensure you're following the rules when you cross the border," she said.

Rule changes

Some of the other changes include making sure children under seven are properly secured in slow-moving vehicles such as delivery vans and trucks.

As well as this, drivers approaching a chicane or narrow bridge with a Give Way sign, must give way to any oncoming vehicle that is coming towards them. Drivers are also now allowed to cross two parallel broken wide centre lines are the successful trial on the Newell Highway. This measure is designed to keep vehicles separate and avoid accidents.

NSW car accident compensation

If you are involved in a car accident with a driver who is breaking basic road rules and suffer some form of injury, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most road users including drivers and pedestrians.

It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.

These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it's completely up to you whether you engage their services.

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