Tow truck drivers and the province are reminding drivers of what to do when passing tow trucks.

While some people might not think of tow trucks as emergency vehicles, provincial law puts them in the same category as ambulances, fire trucks and police vehicles..

"At almost every emergency scene, a tow truck must respond as well to remove the vehicle from the scene," explained Wendy Doyle, executive director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "The idea of the legislation is to protect the people in that occupation and so we didn't want to differentiate because they have the same hazards when they're stopping on the side of the highway."
 
It's the law in Alberta to slow down to 60 kilometres per hour or the posted limit, whatever is slower, when passing emergency vehicles and, if possible, move a lane away from the vehicle.
 
Speed fines still double when passing tow trucks and other emergency vehicles in Alberta.

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