Expanded ‘Move Over’ Law Now in Effect

Maryland’s “Move Over” law was expanded Oct. 1 to include transportation, service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, with yellow or amber flashing lights or signal devices. These vehicles join the list of protected vehicles under the state’s current “Move Over” law, which include emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, as well as tow trucks.

The law requires drivers approaching (from the rear) one of these vehicles with red, yellow or amber flashing lights that is stopped, standing or parked along the highway to, when possible, move over a lane. This movement should only be done if another lane in the same direction is available and the move can be made safely and without impeding other traffic.

If the driver is unable to make a lane change, the law requires drivers to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing conditions while passing the emergency or service vehicles.

The state’s first “Move Over” law went into effect in 2010 and covered those vehicles that displayed flashing red lights, which included police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks. The law requires that motorists who see such a vehicle parked alongside the road move over a lane width to protect the workers.