Drivers who fail to slow down and move over for people working roadside now face a fine.

Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act require drivers to slow down and move into a far lane, if available, when passing official vehicles with flashing blue, red or yellow lights and stopped roadside.

The legislation went into effect Jan. 1 and now applies to vehicles used by maintenance workers, utility workers, land surveyors, animal control workers and garbage collectors as well as emergency personnel.

In zones where the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or higher, drivers are required to slow to 70 km/h.

In zones where the posted speed limit is below 80 km/h, drivers must drop their speeds to 40 km/h.

Those who fail to slow down and move over face a $173 fine and three demerit points.