Road rule quiz about pedestrians and emergency vehicles leaves drivers divided

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Road rules quiz about who has right of way between a pedestrian and a fire truck divides opinion – and a surprising amount of people get it WRONG

  • Drivers were left divided over who has right of way out of a pedestrian crossing
  • When emergency vehicles have alarms on, pedestrians must always give way
  • Failing to move out of path of emergency vehicle carries a $311 fine 

A simple road rules quiz about who has right of way at an intersection between a pedestrian and a fire truck has divided opinion online.  

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads posted a picture of a fire engine turning left at a give way sign, with a pedestrian walking across the road.

‘Who gives way? The pedestrian crossing the road—or the fire truck sounding an alarm and showing flashing lights?’ the department asked social media users.

When emergency vehicles have their lights flashing or sirens sounded, pedestrians must always give way.  

Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads posted a picture of a fire engine turning left at a give way sign, with a pedestrian walking across the road

‘Pedestrian gives way in this instance. Always give way to emergency vehicles with lights and sirens going,’ the Department wrote.

The Queensland Government website says emergency vehicles always have right of way if its alarms are sounded or lights are flashing. 

‘If an emergency vehicle has its alarm sounded or lights flashing, pedestrians must move out of its path ‘as soon as you can do so safely,’ the advice reads. 

The law allows motorists to drive onto the wrong side of the road or drive through a red traffic light to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle if it is safe to do so.

But giving way to emergency vehicles should always be done with ‘the utmost care’.

But the seemingly obvious answer left motorists shocked. 

‘I believe all vehicles give way to pedestrians always,’ one Facebook user wrote.

‘Everyone knows that pedestrians ALWAYS have right of way. Same as bicycles and motorbikes,’ another incorrectly asserted. 

Failing to move out of path of emergency vehicle displaying flashing blue or red lights or sounding an alarm carries a $311 fine in Queensland.

Pedestrians in New South Wales also must give way to police, ambulance or fire engines with their alarms sounded.

‘This means get out of the way, so the emergency vehicle has a clear passage through traffic,’ the NSW Government website reads.  

The Queensland Government website says emergency vehicles always have right of way if its alarms are sounded or lights are flashing

The Queensland Government website says emergency vehicles always have right of way if its alarms are sounded or lights are flashing

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