Labor is calling for the NSW Government to amend Slow Down, Move Over (SLOMO) laws ahead of a trial next month.
Critics claim the legislation is incomplete and does not go far enough in protecting motorists and responders in emergency situations.
In parliament this week, Labor introduced a proposed amendment to the legislation to includes tow-trucks and motor breakdown service vehicles.
From September, the Berejiklian Government will begin a one-year trial of its SLOMO laws to protect emergency responders on NSW roads.
Under the new laws, motorists will need to reduce their speed to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and ambulances.
However, the NSW opposition insists the new laws are insufficient.
Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay has called for the government’s version of the SLOMO laws to be broadened to include tow truck drivers, RMS incident vehicles and NRMA roadside assistance vehicles.
Ms McKay described the government’s SLOMO laws as “half-baked” and a “bureaucratic stuff-up,” stating “the minister’s proposing something that doesn’t protect everyone on our busy roads".
Ms Mckay's position has been supported by SARAH (Safer Australian Roads and Highways) President Peter Frazer and the NRMA’s Peter Khoury.
Peter Frazer lost his daughter Sarah in 2012, when she and the tow truck driver hooking up her car were sideswiped and killed by a heavy vehicle. Since her passing, Frazer has been campaigning for a version of Slow Down Move Over legislation that would prevent situations like the one that took Sarah’s life.
“We started this push in memory of the tow truck driver and my own beautiful daughter Sarah Frazer who were killed in a totally avoidable road crash,” Mr Frazer said.
“It is a big disappointment that the NSW legislation is only focusing on our police and emergency services, and while we support that, our tow truck drivers and the NRMA, who are also in harms way, won’t be protected.”
Mr Khoury said the NRMA supported the opposition’s policy. “The NRMA has been lobbying for six and a half years with the SARAH group to have a law that applies to all emergency respondents which would include our patrol and tow truck drivers.”