Today’s correspondent was ‘… riding my trike through Bendigo in Central Vic and a NSW Ambulance passed me running lights and sirens. How can they do that if they’re from interstate?’

The answer is that the definition of ‘emergency vehicle’ in Victoria includes ‘an ambulance service created under a law in force in another State or in a Territory of the Commonwealth’ (see Road Safety (Vehicles) Interim Regulations 2020 (Vic) Schedule 2 cl 3 and Road Safety Road Rules 2017 (Vic)).  That means that the warning lights don’t have to removed from an ambulance visiting from interstate, and the crew have all the rights and responsibilities of Ambulance Victoria on a Victorian road.


Provided the use of lights and siren was reasonable in the circumstances and they were taking reasonable care, as a vehicle of an ambulance service created by a law in force in NSW (ie the Health Services Act 1997 (NSW)) it was an emergency vehicle and could be operated accordingly.