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Queensland’s 35,000 electric and hybrid cars will need tags on their number plates identifying the cars as such, to assist firefighters and paramedics attending crash scenes.
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Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) said this was to warn emergency services, allowing them to make efforts to avoid dangerous shocks.

“The battery power packs in these vehicles can kill someone, they have that much power in them,” TMR safety and regulation general manager Andrew Mahon said.

“So we’ve got to make sure that we look after our emergency services personnel … when they’re doing the thing that we want them to do, which is save people’s lives, and make sure that everyone’s safe at the scene of an accident,” Mr Mahon said.

The reflective tags may seem small but firefighters say it helps them identify at a glance that they are dealing with a car that has a powerful battery.

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