Member companies in the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), Arlington, Virginia, along with a coalition of supporters, testified in support of House Bill (HB) 531, legislation that would require drivers in Maryland to slow down and safely change lanes when approaching certain vehicles, such as collection trucks, from behind.
The law, which is commonly referred to as Slow Down to Get Around, requires motorists to:
- Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
- Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
“We applaud Delegate Anne Healey (D-Prince George’s) and all the cosponsors for supporting this legislation in the House of Delegates. Slow Down to Get Around legislation is a top priority for our industry. We are glad to have the opportunity to join with other organizations like AAA, AFSCME and our members, Waste Management, Republic Services and Goode Companies to make our streets and roads safer,” NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith says.
For the past three years, NWRA and its chapters nationwide have championed Slow Down to Get Around legislation, which is now the law in 16 states including Virginia and West Virginia and under consideration in several more.