News release

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act Improve Public Safety

Changes introduced today, April 11, to the Motor Vehicle Act will help to improve public safety.

Sheriff, bridge patrol and mobile communication vehicles will be able to use sirens, flashing and revolving lights when responding to emergency situations.

"The proposed amendments will help to enhance public safety," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan. "I urge the public's continued co-operation in promptly and safely clearing the way when they see or hear an emergency response vehicle. It's the law."

The amendments mean public safety and field communication vehicles, sheriff vehicles and bridge patrol vehicles will have the same privileges as other emergency vehicles including:

  • the authority to proceed through traffic signals, stop signs, and exceed speed limits when operating in an emergency situation
  • allowing the vehicles to make a U-turn across the highway
  • requiring other drivers to yield right-of-way.

The public will have to follow the same rules of the road when approaching and yielding to these public safety vehicles as they would when approaching and yielding to emergency vehicles like police, fire and paramedics.

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Changes introduced today (April 11th) to the Motor Vehicle Act will help to improve public safety.

Sheriff, bridge patrol and mobile communication vehicles will be able to use sirens, flashing and revolving lights when responding to emergency situations.

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says the proposed amendments will help to enhance public safety and he urges the public's continued co-operation in promptly and safely clearing the way when they see or hear an emergency response vehicle.

He says it's the law.

The amendments mean public safety and field communication vehicles, sheriff vehicles and bridge patrol vehicles will have the same privileges as other emergency vehicles.

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