Owners of all new hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles are being asked to take part in a nationwide initiative aimed at keeping emergency services and other first responders safer when attending a crash.
Anyone with a hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicle manufactured or modified after 1 January 2019 will soon be sent a small identifying label for their front and rear number plates.
“Differences in fuel types can lead to serious safety risks for emergency services, especially if there is structural damage to the vehicle, so it is vital first responders can easily identify the fuel source of a vehicle they need to work around,” a spokesperson for Transport NSW said.
“The labels are part of nationally agreed updates to the Australian Light Vehicle Standards.”
Fire and Rescue NSW Acting Superintendent Jeff Roche says firefighters have noticed an increase of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads.
“Being able to quickly identify these types of vehicles will help make incidents safer,” Superintendent Roche says.
“The labels will allow our crews to take the appropriate actions to deal with the specific risks they present.
“We encourage all owners of hydrogen, electric or hybrid vehicles manufactured after 1 January 2019 to attach the labels once they receive them in the mail,” Mr Roche said.
Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.