What to do when motorcades move through Canberra

Media statement

Do you know what to do when you encounter motorcades on our roads? 

ACT Policing will be facilitating multiple high office holder visits to Canberra in 2024 and our motorcade officers would like all drivers to assist us to ensure minimum disruption and maximum safety for all road users.  

Planning for these visits takes many months and balances multiple factors including the itinerary of the guest, the security requirements, the motorcade size, the preferred routes and the time of day. 

While planners will always seek to minimise the impact of a motorcade movement on road users, from time to time there will be short delays.

If road users encounter police managing a motorcade we ask that they: 

  • Be aware of their surroundings at all times.  
  • Obey the directions of police - especially at intersections 
  • Be patient 
  • Don’t drive over median strips or perform illegal u-turns 
  • Recognise that the delay will be for a short period only as the motorcade moves through

ACT Policing will use its Road Policing X/Twitter account (@ACTPol_Traffic) to provide regular updates on expected motorcade activity.

If you have an important appointment on a motorcade day please consider your route or leave earlier – especially if it involves attending the airport, City or Parliamentary precinct. 

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