Tim standing beside van on side of road.
On the road

A letter from Tim

Our patrols feel passionately about the extension of the 'See red and blue, know what to do' legislation. Please find a letter below from Tim explaining what it means to our team.


My name is Tim.  I’m a roadside patrol for the RACT. 

During my time as a patrol, I’ve seen a lot of dangerous driving behaviours and near-misses. Our members rarely have a choice of where they break down. As such, our roadside vehicles have little control of where we need to stop and provide a safe environment to assist them.

These dangerous events frequently occur on highways where there’s either a narrow space or no shoulder to pull over on. 

For me, there’s nothing more frightening and dangerous than a train of cars, buses and trucks travelling at 100km/h and above, just one metre or less from me and my van on the roadside.

This rule is a fantastic safety initiative for not only me and my colleagues, but for you and your loved ones we’re assisting on the side of the road.    

Just like you, I want to be able to do my job and return home safely. So please do me a favour, if you see flashing yellow lights, that is where I’m working. Please slow down safely. Not to have a look, but to create a safer place for me to perform my job. 

As road users, YOU have the choice to be alert, look ahead and safely slow down.

It’s the law.