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New Law Aims at Protecting Tow Truck Drivers

July 18, 2011 9:21 AM | News

Manitoba motorists will have to move over to allow for extra room while passing tow trucks. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba tow truck drivers will have an added layer of protection while on the job thanks to a new law coming into effect today.

The “move over” law requires motorists to change lanes when approaching a tow truck working on the side of the road if travelling on a multi-lane highway. Motorists are also required to reduce their speed and proceed only when it’s safe to do so.

CAA Manitoba, who first lobbied the provincial government to create such a law in 2009, applauds its implementation.

“When motorists are zooming by, it’s easy for them to forget that tow truck drivers run the risk of being injured on the job,” said Tom Mark of CAA Manitoba. “They deserve safe room to do their work — and this new law gives our drivers peace of mind that their workspace is protected under the law.”

The fine for not abiding to the law is $292.65.