Government of New Brunswick

As of Jan. 1, 2021, under the Motor Vehicle Act:

When an emergency or service vehicle is stopped on the highway and has its flashing lights on, New Brunswick drivers MUST:

  • Slow down to one-half the posted speed limit and proceed with caution;
  • Make sure it’s safe to proceed, then move over to the left, away from the vehicle.
  • If there are two or more lanes of traffic, the driver must move into another lane
    if it can be done safely.

This will ensure that drivers won’t collide with an authorized emergency or service vehicle or endanger anyone outside these vehicles.


What is an authorized emergency vehicle?

  • a vehicle operated by a police officer or designated peace officer
  • a fire department or fire fighting vehicle
  • ambulance

What is a service vehicle?

  • a tow truck
  • a private or public utility corporation vehicle
  • a road safety or maintenance vehicle under contract with the province of New Brunswick

What penalties are involved?

The fine for not slowing down and moving over for an emergency vehicle is $292.50 and three demerit points.