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The 'move over' law will come into effect on Monday, requiring motorists to slow down or stop when approaching fire trucks, ambulances or police who are stopped on the roadside. (CBC)

A new provincial law designed to help protect emergency workers at accident scenes will soon come into effect. 

Newfoundland and Labrador motorists will be required to 'move over' when approaching stopped emergency, enforcement or other designated vehicles.  

Drivers will have to stop or slow to a reasonable speed by giving a wide berth to those working by the side of the road.

The new law is in addition to the existing law that requires drivers to pull over to the side, or otherwise yield the right of way, when an emergency vehicle is approaching with its lights and sirens activated. 

Designated vehicles can include emergency and enforcement vehicles, tow trucks or other roadside assistance vehicles, search and rescue vehicles, public utility vehicles, as well as municipal, provincial or federal enforcement or service vehicles.

Drivers who don't obey the new law could be fined up to $900.

The new law, under the Highway Traffic Act, comes into effect on Monday.