Refuse and Recycling

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Use Caution When Passing Refuse and Recycling Collection Drivers

In Virginia - the "Move Over Law"  means that drivers must proceed with caution and, if possible change lanes before passing a vehicle with flashing, blinking, or alternative amber warning lights.  That includes refuse and recycling trucks.

If a driver wants to pass a trash-collection vehicle that’s stopped on a road with less than four lanes the driver must slow down 10 mph below the posted speed limit and pass at least two feet to the left of the vehicle.

If a driver wants to pass a trash-collection vehicle that’s stopped on a road with at least four lanes -- and at least two lanes intended for traffic going in the same direction -- the driver must pass in a lane not adjacent to the vehicle and yield the right of way.

It is a Class One Misdemeanor - so take it easy out there!

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