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Highways England Breakdowns Campaign

Posted in General News on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Highways England has launched its largest ever motorway safety campaign to make sure all motorists know what to do if they are unfortunate enough to breakdown on a motorway. The key message of this campaign is that if you breakdown on the motorway go left. If you are not able to exit the motorway at the next junction or service station, try to go left into an emergency area or hard shoulder. Get safe and then get help. If you are unable to leave your vehicle and get to safety, you should keep your seat belts on, put your hazard warning lights on and call 999 immediately. Highways England Equality and Diversity Manager Julian Horsler said: “We know that driving gives disabled road users vital independence, and we want to ensure that every road user knows what to do in an emergency. Our research has shown some of the issues disabled road users encounter when they break down, such as getting out of their vehicle, so this new campaign is vital to help keep everyone safe.” DMUK Chief Executive Graham Footer commented: “With disabled drivers representing around five per cent of the driving population, we welcome the campaign from Highways England to ensure all road users are safe. The campaign is clear and concise and disabled drivers should feel safer knowing what to do in an emergency. Getting out of a vehicle in an emergency is not always an option for disabled motorists so it is important for them to know that if they feel they are in an unsafe situation they should call 999 immediately.”

For more information on the campaign visit the Highways England Breakdowns Campaign website.

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David B Sears

Friday, March, 19th, 2021

I think the whole system is ridiculous! Who can say when they are going to breakdown or even make it to the nearside lane? Imagine a car coming to a total standstill in the outside lane and the driver reaching for his hazard warning switch, by the time he puts them on other cars will have piled into him, at 70+ mph. You assume that drivers get a warning of a breakdown, before it occurs, this is not always the case and so we contribute to total carnage on the motorway, then we start the blame game, is it the authority, no, it must be the drivers who should have reduced speed quicker, let us blame the driver again!!!

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Bill Steel

Friday, March, 19th, 2021

I have driven on the new sections of motorway, without lay-bys. What if you cannot reach the lay-by??? The left lane is, traditionally, used by the biggest trucks, needing the greatest stopping distance. This is a crazy project, on a road which is known to be a nightmare, even for those stopping on a recognised hard shoulder!!

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Martin Whibley

Saturday, March, 20th, 2021

As a disabled driver I am unable to exit my car easily and should I have the misfortune to break down, a motorway with a hard shoulder would provide me with a degree of confidence that I would not be in a 'live lane' and could possibly exit the car. Highways England has always failed to address the risks posed to disabled drivers and disabled passengers when using 'smart motorways'. Should I break down on a 'smart motorway' and not have enough time to reach a refuge area, the advice to sit in my car, keep my seat belt on and dial 999 would leave me vulnerable and a target to be hit by other traffic. I personally feel that 'smart motorways are unsafe and discriminate against disabled drivers and disabled passengers. The multi million pound 'keep left' campaign would be better spent on addressing the major safety issues associated with 'smart motorways'.