Did you know that slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles is the law?
Not only is it the law, but it’s the right thing to do. When an emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road, drivers should slow down, and where possible, move over to create a safe distance. Taking these steps will help emergency and service vehicle workers do their jobs better, faster and more safely.
Slow Down, Move Over laws exist in each province with varying fines and demerit points for not allowing a safe space for emergency personnel to work. Currently New Brunswick is the only Canadian province that does not include tow trucks in the Slow Down Move Over law. Nova Scotia and P.E.I. recently added tow trucks, while Newfoundland & Labrador had previously included tow trucks.
CAA’s Work to Improve This Law
CAA has been working diligently to protect all emergency personnel by getting the message out to our Members and the public, while also lobbying government. It’s important to keep all workers safe when they’re doing their job. Including tow trucks in the Slow Down Move Over law helps to protect everyone.
To learn more about Slow Down, Move Over laws in your province, visit your provincial government’s website.