September brings key changes in South Australian road law

As of September, a number of important changes have been brought about in South Australian road law.

Fleet managers and drivers in the region should be aware of the new rules in order to avoid breaches and penalties.

Emergency laws

First, drivers will be required to slow down to a maximum of 25 kph as they travel past an emergency service vehicle with blue or red flashing lights.

The previous law required motorists to travel at 40 kph when passing police, ambulance or fire service vehicles.

Clarifying the new rule, RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said: "The 25 kph speed limit also applies between two sets of flashing red or blue lights placed by emergency workers at either end of a length of road where an emergency vehicle has stopped."

SE Freeway speed limits

After a recent fatal crash at the Glen Osmond Road intersection, lower speed limits have been introduced on the SE Freeway.

Charles Mountain said: "From the Stirling Interchange to the bottom of the freeway all trucks and buses will be required to travel at 60 kph, and all other vehicles will have to slow down to 90 kph.

"This section of the SE Freeway is a particularly long and steep decline, so hopefully with all modes of transport slowing down ... all road users will feel safer when travelling on this stretch.

"Motorists should look out for additional signs about the changes and extra lower speed limit signs."

Elderly drivers

The start of the month also brought with it the retirement of the annual medical assessment for drivers aged 70 years or older with a class C (car with up to 4.5 tonnes GVM) or standard car licence.

Fleet services employing elderly drivers will need to work with the employee on determining their ability to drive to a safe standard.

"We encourage drivers of all ages, but particularly those over 70, to personally review their ability to drive safely on an ongoing basis, and if they've got any concerns we'd urge them to speak with a medical professional," Mr Mountain concluded.